THE EVIL THAT BALANCES THE UNIVERSE

by Spiritus Mundi

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“The Evil That Balances the Universe,” Spiritus Mundi’s third release, is about a 2 year effort resulting in 1 great CD! It is a labor of love, as are all Mundi projects, and reflects it in the final product. From out of the gate it is a hard hitting assault on the listener.

The opening track, “The Gauntlet of Fears” pummels the ears with the near verbal abuse that only a 6’5” German can deliver, as he shouts the first stanza: “As your dying body convulses / Violently on the blood soaked asphalt / Is it everything you ever feared / A high beyond what you’ve ever sought”. The chorus features some phenomenal drumming from Miller, as he explodes upon his kit with the fierceness of a Slayer like drum fill extended throughout the entire section, somehow managing to effortlessly keep the listener in the groove of the song! Further into the Gauntlet we are kicked in the head by the sound of Wopshall shredding his guitar up with a wah solo in a somewhat sadistic and methodical way.

Once the listener has endured the “Gauntlet” he is quickly thrown into a wicked world of dominance and submission known as “Death of a Thousand Cuts”. With an almost swing like rhythm to the song, it can nearly induce a trance like state as one delves deeper into the lyrics, full of madness and darkness. It deals with the darker side of the human condition, as the title suggests, yet offers a poetic feeling to the lyrics, which are sang with aggressive passion but remain audible to the ears.

After surviving “A Thousand Cuts”, it is time to indulge into the narcissistic madness of “The Regression”, a sick and twisted tale of contention and lust. It features a sing along chorus, and killer change in the middle of the song eased into by the previous breakdown transition. A great track to listen to if you have been failed by love and are angry about it!

In the midst of the angry backdrop of the CD, we find “The Weighing of Souls” the first of four thought provoking instrumentals spread throughout the CD, poking through the veil like treasured beams of light in a forest of darkness.

With the slow fade of multiple acoustic guitars and keys, the listener finds his way back to the full on Metal with the stabbing intro to “Dissent in Paradise”, a song influenced by Man’s hatred for his fellow Man. “Dissent” also features a half time section rich in melodic guitar harmonies making it one of the more memorable tracks from the disc.

Next up is “Para Bellum”, a great track about how war begets war. The guitar solo is approximately a minute long and compliments the various changes of the solo section. Miller plays some very unique beats on this one.

"Violent by Design" and "The Face of Wrath" are next to explode from the speakers! Both of which sport some of the most brutal lyrics on the CD. The vocals sound like the Devil on a bad morning before his first cup of coffee! Angry, relentless, and well written lyrics snap sharply from Mikey’s tongue like a severe lashing from a whip.

Leading you back away from the heaviness again, is “Forests of the Suicides”. The second short instrumental, composed of all acoustic guitars and accompanied by some light keys, offers another brief moment of peace from the chaos of a CD that hardly lets up.

The slow fadeout of “Forests” is abruptly followed by the pounding intro riff of “Hate at First Sight”. Another song based on the contention that Man feels as he looks another man in the eyes…. and murders him.

“Of Agony and Lust”, following the punchy outro of “Hate”, offers even more punch from an almost AC/DC – Judas Priest – like beginning to the song. It is the second and only other track on the disc which could almost be mistaken for a love song, although it is more related to the love’s sinister cousin, lust. It also holds a nice, unexpected piece of clean guitars near the middle. Layered with alternating solos panned from left to right, it moves flawlessly into a new riff accented harshly by the return of Mikey’s shouts into the microphone.

After “Third Secret of Fatima”, another quick instrumental, the CD takes a turn into its remaining epic ending songs. First in line is “Unseen Enemy”, taking on the controversial topic of Terrorism. It boasts a great chorus and a just as awesome clean part before the solo. Featuring some heavy FX on the vocals and guitars, it creates an ambient and memorable moment before plunging headlong back into the Metal.

This brings us to “The Wizard behind the Curtain”. Besides the chorus and massive outro to “Wizard”, it is by far the softest of the songs, yet somehow stands as one of the most powerful! It is a ballad without the intent to be a ballad. The outro just plain ROCKS!

With its epic beginning and ominous lyrics, “The Winds of Black Death” shines through as a solid chunk of molten Metal! After a blistering guitar solo, Miller plays some outstanding drum fills which are complimented by the huge sound of a gong falling on the downbeat of another of Wopshall’s mega-riffs.

Clocking in at 11:28, “How the Mighty Have Fallen” is a musical journey into the declining state of America and its freedoms which are being slowly stolen from her in the name of Freedom! “Mighty”, with its many musical twists and turns, rounds out the album nicely before just one last instrumental: “Spear of Longinus”. Officially closing the CD, “Longinus” completes the metal madness by fading into oblivion, wrapping up precisely 78:00 minutes of pure, unadulterated Metal!


I - THE GAUNTLET OF FEARS
II - DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS
III - THE REGRESSION
IV - THE WEIGHING OF SOULS - instrumental
V - DISSENT IN PARADISE
VI - PARA BELLUM
VII - VIOLENT BY DESIGN
VIII - THE FACE OF WRATH
IX - FORESTS OF THE SUICIDES - instrumental
X - HATE AT FIRST SIGHT
XI - OF AGONY AND LUST
XII - THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA - instrumental
XIII - UNSEEN ENEMY
XIV - THE WIZARD BEHIND THE CURTAIN
XV - THE WINDS OF BLACK DEATH
XVI - HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN
XVII - SPEAR OF LONGINUS - instrumental


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released 21 May 2011

Music and lyrics written by Michael Wopshall

Album mixed and mastered by Michael Wopshall and Mikey Wenzel


Guitars,Bass,Keyboards-Michael Wopshall
Vocals-Mikey Wenzel
Drums-Mike Miller

Drums recorded at Toughgirlstudios by Shari Gaines.

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SPIRITUS MUNDI is an all original, aggressive, passionate, lyrically driven, internet based, virtual metal band formed from a host of talents from the USA to Germany. While standing on the shoulders of countless Metal giants of the past, Spiritus Mundi has managed to create a very unique sound of its own and remained true to its musical vision. ... more

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Track Name: The Gauntlet of Fears
As your dying body convulses
Violently on the blood soaked asphalt
Is it everything you ever feared
A high beyond what you’ve ever sought
As horror seeps from your mouth
Mortality brings its brutal kiss
Places it upon your soon to be corpse
As your cries for help become useless

I will teach you a lesson in hell
Pain beyond what you have ever felt
Everything you were ever afraid of
Every torment of Judas’s pelts

The vortex is spinning again
To sweep me in its murderous rage
Overruling rationality
As I cave in the rest of your face
Unknowingly digging your own grave
When you dared to cross my fucking path
As you pick your teeth up from the ground
Your priceless look reflects my wrath

I will teach you a lesson in hell
Pain beyond what you have ever felt
Everything you were ever afraid of
Every torment of Judas’s pelts

Lying there with your skull split open
You were dead before you began to fall
You are now just a memory
One that will never be recalled
In this pain I hope I’ve taught you well
Because it is only the beginning
Your hell you will inherently face
Now that time won’t another breath bring

I will teach you a lesson in hell
Pain beyond what you have ever felt
Everything you were ever afraid of
Every torment of Judas’s pelts
Track Name: Death of a Thousand Cuts
Enter into my world of dominance and submission
My pleasure is only to become your violation
The brutality of your torture still cannot suffice
As I violently rape your every orifice
In my eyes you will see your death revelations
As I gain belief in the loss of all your convictions
Time is augmented but life will not wait for you
Reflections of madness, this nightmare is true

The rising level of pain, another increment of fear
The methodically timed extraction of your tears
Screaming out for your god to save you from my hate
But I will become your god as I decide your fate
I watch through apathetic eyes as you die another death
Your slow death of a thousand cuts surrenders your innocence
My indifference to your pain cannot be denied
The more you die is the more that I come alive

I will leave you hanging by an inch of your life
With your blood I create my masterpiece with each slice
Another soft caress against your skin with the razor’s edge
And before you feel the cut you see the red
How I regret that I think your time is coming soon
The more blood that is on me is the less that is in you
It’ll hurt more than you know to say our sad farewell
And with one final incision I send you to Hell
Track Name: The Regression
As we lie ourselves down
Upon the bed of eternal pain
I can only kill you so many times
Before I go insane
So count your deaths
Just count your deaths
Count your deaths
Just count your deaths

Am I to witness this shame alone
Your scars sorrow gave to you
Are you the only relief I find
Every time I rip inside your womb
So release me
Just release me
Release me
Just release me

Are we Hell’s forgotten children
God’s forsaken and abandoned ones
Our love exists in suffering
Our truth in the confines of lust
You are my agony
I am the lover of your regression
When it comes time for us to repent
I hope to fuck you regret this sin

The last words that you spoke to me
Felt like being kicked in the teeth
But you know I’m a sucker for pain
So now who’ll share the contempt I breed
I just want to goddamn know
Who will be there to watch me fail
To see the sickness eat me alive
When the darkness comes and the light fades

From this madness I don’t know
What kind of peace you expect to find
I only know when I look in your soul
I love to see the hurt in your eyes
From this anger that we hold
So dearly in our broken hearts
I will help you to count your deaths
When the void comes and fear departs

Are we Hell’s forgotten children
God’s forsaken and abandoned ones
Our love exists in suffering
Our truth in the confines of lust
You are my agony
I am the lover of your regression
When it comes time for us to repent
I hope to fuck you regret this sin
Track Name: The Weighing of Souls- Instrumental
instrumental
Track Name: Dissent in Paradise
A hidden disposition
Preaching not hate but love
Yet the message is clear
You’ve picked up the scent of blood
A primitive desire
An innate need to hate
A struggle to be the alpha
And unleash the killer instinct

Dominance through aggression
The ultimate brutality
Fear overwhelms the violence
When murder becomes reality
So don’t turn your back on me
I’ll stab you when you look away
Don’t ever stare me in the eye
I’ll sure as hell kill you

I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
My insanity has never been so insane
So kill thy brother without regard
I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
Humanity never before so inhumane
Dissent in paradise from the start

In cold blood I’ll take you down
A lifetime of hate is coming around
The greatest thing to ever learn
Is to hate and hate in return
There's dissent in paradise Because paradise is a lie
This Earth is a manmade Hell
Only blood can purify

High velocity blood splatter
Cleanses the mind and the soul
So kill thy brother without regard
Let your vengeance take control
The golden rule broken and crushed
In the wake of a deviant path
Of free will the choice is made
To lie upon all, your wrath

I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
A longing to be king of the mountain
So kill thy brother without regard
I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
‘Till the last beat of my heart this contempt will reign
Dissent in paradise from the start
I will bring down wrath upon you all

I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
My insanity has never been so insane
So kill thy brother without regard
I’m raising Cain I’m raising Cain
Humanity never before so inhumane
Dissent in paradise from the start

Dissent in paradise from the start
Track Name: Para Bellum
The madman’s got his finger on the trigger
And the other one points at the world
Created not in the image of God
He was not forged by the hand of the lord
God did not make fools and cowards
Who hide behind prestiges uniforms
And by their sins we shall know them all
When from the seeds of hate, wrath is born

Enter, the arena of the world
Global audience anticipates the massacre
All eyes upon the Holy Land
Waiting for what’s already begun, slaughter
The past is shrouded in lies
That secures a future that deceives
When the ones who win the war
Always rewrite history

Religion and politics
Never meant to go hand in hand
Repeat the sins of history
Never learning from the past
Eat the young for prosperity
Call it the progression of man
Impose their views while killing your own
To control all is their devious plan

The madman’s got his hand on the button
And he’s waiting for a wartime reunion
Waiting for the riders of Apocalypse
And the end that could not come too soon
Fighting fire with fire as flames get higher
Until the Heavens have thrown down all their spears
Return the Earth back to the Beginning
And no angels will even shed tears

Religion and politics
Never meant to go hand in hand
Repeat the sins of history
Never learning from the past
Eat the young for prosperity
Call it the progression of man
Impose their views while killing your own
To control all is their devious plan

Nuclear fires vaporize the atmosphere
Mushroom clouds silhouette the horizon
Fallout rains from the scorched skies
Forever winter in this atomic garden
Track Name: Violent by Design
My whole life drowns in a violent sea
From the dark forces I could not foresee
Every time I escape anger’s embrace
It pulls me deeper under oceans of hate
Sympathy means nothing to me now
Pure contempt has corrupted me somehow
I want to know how easily you bleed
I want to let the wrath within me feed

I cannot contain the hatred
That lies just beneath my skin
I cannot restrain the anger
That burns deep inside my mind
I cannot suppress the rage
When malice is all I find
I cannot oppress the truth
Of my violent design

Emotionless I stand before you
Every inch of me wants to kill you
With each passing breath your end grows nearer
Your dignity will soon falter I swear
Absolute violation of your so called pride
Nothing left of your soul that you can hide
I’ve surpassed the boiling point of my rage
Stepped out onto brutality’s murderous stage

I cannot contain the hatred
That lies just beneath my skin
I cannot restrain the anger
That burns deep inside my mind
I cannot suppress the rage
When malice is all I find
I cannot oppress the truth
Of my violent design

I’m the one to set my vengeance free
As you face your own mortality
Your ignorance justifies my hate
So grasp onto the blood soaked hands of fate
If you listen closely you may hear it
The sound of your throat as it’s being slit
As you look to me in sheer disbelief
Is it fear in your eyes or just relief

I cannot contain the hatred
That lies just beneath my skin
I cannot restrain the anger
That burns deep inside my mind
I cannot suppress the rage
When malice is all I find
I cannot oppress the truth
Of my violent design
Track Name: The Face of Wrath
I breathe out pain so you can breathe it in
This is where rationality ends and fear begins
I’m so close can you feel my breath upon your neck
The anticipation grows with every step
Violent thoughts of what is about to take place
Arouse sexual feelings exceeded only by rage
I can taste the lust on the tip of my tongue
It’s more potent than the scent of your cunt

Sleeping dogs of the past now stir
Waiting to unleash their vengeance
Opening the hatred inside me
When the face of wrath shows his presence

Think of the worst pain you have ever known
I will multiply it by a thousand fold
Bite the bullet this will hurt more than your pride
Agony’s just another word for your useless life
You will feel all the pain that has ever been
You will find a new home in Hell for your sin
Your soon to be lost life will become death’s stain
And if I had the chance I’d fucking kill you again

Sleeping dogs of the past now stir
Waiting to unleash their vengeance
Opening the hatred inside me
When the face of wrath shows his presence

Watching you fucking die is my incentive to live
What a shame to know the world will not grieve
Your death gives me peace something I can’t regret
I smile as you become another statistic
I can’t believe how much you come alive
In your final defiant act of death
So beautiful you look writhing in pain
As you grasp violently for your last breath

Sleeping dogs of the past now stir
Waiting to unleash their vengeance
Opening the hatred inside me
When the face of wrath shows his presence
Track Name: Hate at First Sight
The essence of evil that lives in man
Can kill your brother with a murderous hand
Love’s opposing factor is indifference
My hate acknowledged when your last breath is spent
Welcome your most desirable of fears
Blood will cleanse when born from vengeful tears
Giving true meaning to contention
Bones of enemies won with violent conviction

Innate in us all, instinctive evolution
To kill another of God’s children
Reproachful disdain turns to contemptuous wrath
When bitter scorn and violence is at hand
Battling a war of our own making
No fear, just hate, rage, and instinct
Anger ruled by lust, the lust of aggression
A prayer for your death is my one confession

Hate at first sight is evident in these eyes
The lack of empathy gives new insight
Perverse fantasies bound by repression
Beneath the surface of this burning aggression

We shall all suffer for our father’s sins
The fate of being the sons of wicked men
Sacred temples of flesh and bone
Desecrated altars when savagery is shown
Chaotic storms rage in minds corrupted by hate
You’ll find evil has a familiar face
Can’t oppress the hate can’t contain the rage
The soul lies bleeding in wrath’s destructive wake

Hate at first sight is evident in these eyes
The lack of empathy gives new insight
Perverse fantasies bound by repression
Beneath the surface of this burning aggression
Track Name: Of Agony and Lust
So insignificant
Your miniscule existence
So fucking futile
Your lies don’t make sense
You close the door on me
Well I got news for you
It was already closed
When I fucking slammed it on you

You know you need me
That is what you said
But I fucking need you
Like I need a hole in the head
But still I’m drawn to this hate
I’m drawn to this sickness
I’m drawn to this rancid pain
‘Cause when I torture you it’s bliss

Feel my warm breath upon your neck
You slip into the madness
Taste the salt from your bitter tears
Muted cries break the silence
God is not here, God is not here
No one can save you from my hate
Insanity belongs to me
Pure pleasure derived from your absolute pain

And still you come back for more
More of this hell, more of this hell
You know you should stay away
Because next time it could kill
But you love this emptiness
In me, love this cold numbness
Addicted, you need one more fix
One more taste of my ruthlessness

Anger’s grasp upon your frail throat
You slip into the darkness
Cries of fear fall upon deaf ears
Witness the rape of innocence
Madness is mine, madness is mine
The sum of all things insane
I told you it could be this time
Pure pleasure derived from your absolute pain
Track Name: Unseen Enemy
As the world spins around again
Like the gyre losing control
Disrupting the delicate balance
Of a future that will not hold
We will all succumb to the threat
Of our race going extinct
If by false martyrs of hate
Sentinels of peace are glory sent

The enemy, the enemy unseen
A brutal reality is no longer a dream
The world in the balance, the pendulum swings
Infiltration, death to the infidels Jihad brings
The enemy, the enemy unseen
Awake in the nightmare the mad have foreseen
Horror is heard in their dying screams
Yet for more murder the world now pleads

The ICBM’s shed their skins
In the prophet’s clairvoyant dreams
Behold in crystal visions
Sickening and maddening scenes
Exoneration is blurred
By imperious leaders
Behind a monolithic government
Plans for a new world order

Sleeper cells hiding in plain sight
In the midst of a nation’s heart
Unseen is the enemy
When terror is the enemy
Another threat lies in wait
Until asleep is the giant
But the giant will never rest
Again with both of its eyes shut

The enemy, the enemy unseen
A brutal reality is no longer a dream
The world in the balance, the pendulum swings
Infiltration, death to the infidels Jihad brings
The enemy, the enemy unseen
Awake in the nightmare the mad have foreseen
Horror is heard in their dying screams
Yet for more murder the world now pleads

As the world spins around again
Like the gyre losing control
Disrupting the delicate balance
Of a future that will not hold
Track Name: The Wizard Behind the Curtain
Electric eyes of big brother
Watch killings of one another
Swaying nations on puppet strings
As the symphony of death starts to sing
Infrastructures of hate and murder
Built by the architects of war
They play God with technology
As the masses bow before the powers that be

We wage war over finite scraps of land
While vengeance lies in wait to take it all away
Hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow
Blown from the Earth like ashes of yesterday
The most destructive of all forces
Religious passion joined with government
Oppress the masses in blind obedience
To conform to an abominable tyrant

And the bones of truth are picked clean
By men like vultures gone insane
Only to reveal the face
Of the wizard behind the curtain
And the lies that are cut so clean
Are in different light now seen
Only to reveal the face
Of the wizard behind the curtain

Brain dead atrophied minds of fools
The products of fornication
Running in their vicious circles
Weaving their stagnant delusions
Ever watchful in its silence
Omnipresent hidden surveillance
It disfigures our lady freedom
As she revels in impotence

And the bones of truth are picked clean
By men like vultures gone insane
Only to reveal the face
Of the wizard behind the curtain
And the lies that are cut so clean
Are in different light now seen
Only to reveal the face
Of the wizard behind the curtain
Track Name: The Winds of Black Death
Praying for the winds of Black Death
To bring rapture upon the Earth
To summon annihilation
And deliver us from life’s curse
Waiting for darkness to cast down
Eternal suffering and pain
With its ominous hand of hate
Spreading pure disease and plague

Riding on the winds of Black Death
The horsemen are now drawn from Hell
When in the human heart anger starts to boil
Man’s hunger for hate cannot be quelled
Riding on the wings of dark fate
A dormant evil has now awoken
From our own sins we meet our undoing
Our soul has been sold, there’s nothing left to sell

Death’s shadow now falls upon man
And without discrimination
Eliminating existence
When to Hell we all will succumb
For it is evil that balances
The universe by God’s own wrath
Just like Sodom and Gomorra
Fell to their knees in a blood bath

Riding on the winds of Black Death
Our future is lost with the die that was cast The vision is now crystal clear
Revelations have come to past
Riding on the wings of dark fate
War and Famine and Hell and Death
No one hears our screams of anguish and pain
As the Earth takes its final breath

Biding their time while planting fear
Into the hearts of all nations
Whose people stab each other’s back
While the core rots from the inside
Catastrophic waves of terror
Unrelenting in their horror
Will pull all faith in man under
The seas of vengeance and murder

Riding on the winds of Black Death
The soft lullaby of our epitaph is now sung
Dreams of peace never to be realized
When the redemption we waited for did not come
Riding on the wings of dark fate
Apocalypse reveals our impending curse
Fires and devastation consume the lands
And imminent plagues rule the Earth

Praying for the winds of Black Death
To bring rapture upon the Earth
Track Name: How the Mighty Have Fallen
This is the system of evil
That controls the whole of the world
The masses pray for lasting peace
As they wage yet another war
Ideology, their agenda
Hidden behind lies and deception
Spill some more blood on another’s shores
With no logical reason

Bury the bones of the deceased
Return them back to the Earth
Great things they’ll build upon their graves
Just look at the towers they have made
To protect freedom from hostile enemy
The one true purpose of government
It is treason to question their authority
And to refute their truths, anti-patriotic

Giving up freedom in the name of freedom
For a war that is opposed to war
Once it is gone it’s so hard to take back
And maybe it will be gone forevermore

God bless America
The almighty land of freedom
They have in democracy found
A way to enslave their fellow man
Indoctrination of every soul
‘Till the square peg fits the round hole
They sell their patriotic slogans
But the true nature of their agenda is control

Giving up freedom in the name of freedom
For a war that is opposed to war
Once it is gone it’s so hard to take back
And maybe it will be gone forevermore

When from the herd a sheep strays
Upon it they’ll send the wolves to prey
On broken knees you will learn to crawl
Before the elite you are sure to fall
The sheep become their own guard dogs
Casting out those who do not fall in line
Opposing not humanity’s oppression
For to question freedom is a crime

A brainwashing machine
With a sick ideology
Propaganda used to blind you
To make you slaves that think you’re free
This fraudulent system of lies
Was built to control and pacify
With a slight of hand dictatorship
Their quest to conquer and divide

‘America, the great whore
Opens herself to anyone
Impregnated by sin
She gives birth to the dying dream
This once great nation
Built by visions of the elite
Now witnesses their freedom
Where it lies bleeding in the streets

Everything worth fighting for
Everything worth dying for
With a passive hand is given
To the morally impure
And as with all great societies
Egypt, Rome, and the great bear before
It is only a matter of time
Before this nation falls’

‘Standing on the broken backs
Of history’s giants
Building towers to the skies
With the bones of genius
A blinded nation could not see
The writing so clearly on the wall
Nostradamus prophesied
That the twins would surely fall

A double shot across the bow
Awakened the sleeping giant
Martyrs of a different god
Or agents for a desert tyrant
Evil born from eastern lands
Sent by the winds to kill them all
Revenge in the name of freedom
Was to be the clarion call’

Little men cast long shadows
When the sun is setting low
Ruthless greed governs a heartless nation
Without the remnants of a soul
Suffering on a new level
Never before known to you
When tolerance is murder
And ignorance the status quo

In the last stage of rapid growth
All things will soon come to past
When the future’s held in corrupt palms
Of your leaders bloodstained hands
The time for war is upon you now
No longer a madman’s dream
When religious doctrines
Always divide humanity

See how the mighty have fallen
See how the mighty have fallen
See your freedom lying in ruin
And how this nation bleeds in sin

Standing amidst the fire
This nation is burning all around
Open the floodgates of hate
The release of terror abound
From the wounds of betrayal you bleed to death
They’ll only use a bandage but you need a tourniquet
Hope is wiped out by spasms of war
When tyrannous acts justify reprisal

Shocked senseless you watch your nation
As she dies screaming in horror
America comes to a screeching halt
A great mistake, freedom’s failure
Mothers lie their children down
On the funeral pyres of their fathers
The stain of your sins erased from
The face of the Earth forevermore