"Temple of the King" as written by and Dio Blackmore....
One day in the year of the fox
Came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
When the bell began to ring
Meant the time had cometh for one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the circle he stands
Searching, seeking
With just one touch of his trembling hand
The answer will be found

Daylight waits while the old man sings
Heaven help me
And then like the rush of a thousand wings
It shines upon the one
And the day had just begun

One day in the year of the fox came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
When the bell began to sing
It meant the time had cometh for one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the people he stands
Seeing, feeling
With just a wave of a strong right hand
He's gone
To the temple of the king

Far from the circle at the edge of the world
He's hoping, wondering
Thinking back from the stories he's heard
Of what he's going to see

There in middle of the circle it lies
Heaven help me
Then all could see by the shine in his eyes
The answer had been found

Back with the people in the circle he stands
Giving, feeling
With just one touch of a strong right hand
They know
Of the temple and the king


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"The Temple of the King" as written by Ronnie James Dio Ritchie Blackmore

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    My OpinionI was a teenager when my older sister was listening to Rainbow. She loved this song. I heard it many times. It absolutely moves me. I believe the song is about Jesus Christ.
    I can't believe no one else has commented on this song. What do you think?
    sharonkilon January 27, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about a wayward young man trying to make sense of life and death. The bell rings signalling that one is about to die. He's searching for answers. He witnesses an old man in the throes of death and is frightened by his own mortality, but the old man sings for heaven to take him, and at dawn he begins to understand that death is inevitable and not to be feared, because a new life awaits. The bell rings again and this time it's for him, and he's seeing and feeling what the old man did, but is unafraid and lets go of life willingly. He then is far from the circle of life at the edge of the world, hoping for heaven and thinking about all he's heard of it. He regains consciousness and tells everyone not to fear death, because he has seen that a new life awaits.
    EricArthurBlairon May 18, 2018   Link

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