Lo! ’t is a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years —
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
They mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly —
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At the bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
Invisible Wo!

That motley drama — oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased forevermore,
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes! — it writhes! — with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued!

Out — out are the lights — out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy “Man,”
And its hero the Conqueror Worm.


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    My InterpretationThis song uses the exact wording of the Edgar Allen Poe poem by the same name.
    For those who cannot understand the meaning of this, the "Conqueror worm" is death, and everyone must eventually succumb to it. That is why the poem refers to the "That the play is the tragedy 'Man,' ". A tragedy is a story in which the main character dies, or a main supporting character. Also the lines "Through a circle that ever returneth in/ To the self-same spot," refer to the fact that human life is a never ending cycle, people are born, they die, and their children go through the same cycle.
    frogs404on October 30, 2014   Link

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