-o-O-o-O-o- Prologue: Mercy and Judgment -o-O-o-O-o-
Death-kissed white angelencaged by bound wings,
Robed in your doubt and your blood-tainted things
The kindness of anguish hard-shattered by sin
Corrupts the stone soul that cries out from within!
His haunted eyes stare forthblankglazed with grief
And even fair torture brings no hateful relief.
His master, the doom creature, yawned and then sat,
"Who killed the small children, Imp! Whose crime is that?"
The mocking shroud jumped up and before him danced,
In angel's spilled penance-blood heglee-filledpranced.
The Angel of Grace's soul, it gives no moan,
No cry of pain screamed out to echo the Throne.
He sits in his silence, and turns thendeliberate.
"I'm Angel of Mercy, but the crime is to give it?
I killed no poor children, my conscience is pure.
My spirit is fallen, but I won't be demure!"
And he strikes the tormentorsoon his chains rattle free
"If I am the culprit, then the curse is on me
If I am the sinner, then I am doubly blamed
And am doubly branded, and am doubly shamed."
He eyes his white fingersall trembling with wrath
"If I'm Angel of Mercy, then grace is my path
If his body is broken, but his heart's still in place,
I'll wander blue planet, calm
to just see his face
So less wracked with his anguish, his judgment and strife
Leech that plagued his pure heart for his whole accursed life!"
Thus he wandered so boldly out to Israfel's cell
To save Judgment's Angel from his own private Hell.
He found the young angel, half-painted with blood
The tears bid to drown him, in penitent flood.
The Angel of Mercy rushed quick to his side,
When asked what he had left, the boy's response: "Pride"
The Angel of Judgment eyed sorrow-torn wings,
He asked Mercy's Angel if the sword of death brings
Out relief to the heart that seemed shattered with past.
Mercy smiled softly and released him at last.
Earth-bound soft creatureconfused by his wings,
Robed in warm solace and puppet's steel strings
The clouds of his miserable shattered red sin,
Corrupts the kind heart that rips scars from within