The Gift of the Many


[1] She comes from the Temple’s spleen
born of the darkest night to the fire of sacrifice,
The gift of the Sholoch to the King

The gift of the many

[2] For Cyrus decreed that the King
Would wed one of their number
In each year of his reign.

The gift of the power

[3] For in marriage to the one child
Cyrus gained dominion over hell
Striking through Hahn’s heart

The gift of the one

[4] From the many she is exposed
For the world of man to desire
For the King to hold

The gift of sight

From The Book of Cyrus, Songs of the Sholoch, ch. 1, verses 1-4

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