‘Lullaby’ – Loreena McKennitt

“O for a voice like thunder, and a tongue / To drown the throat of war! When the senses / Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness, / Who can stand? When the souls of the oppressèd / Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand? / When the whirlwind of fury comes from the / Throne of God, when the frowns of his countenance / Drive the nations together, who can stand?/ When Sin claps his broad wings over the battle, / And sails rejoicing in the flood of Death; / When souls are torn to everlasting fire, / And fiends of Hell rejoice upon the slain, / O who can stand? O who hath causèd this? / O who can answer at the throne of God? / The Kings and Nobles of the Land have done it! / Hear it not, Heaven, thy Ministers have done it!”

The final track from Loreena’s debut album “Elemental” The lyrics [below] are a poem by William Blake {“Prologue, intended for a dramatic piece of King Edward the Fourth” (Poetical Sketches)}, recited by the late Scottish actor Douglas Campbell.

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