Nightmares on a roll
The spirit of fear
Has alighted here
Mercy on your soul...
This fright, crepuscular
Is muscular with vitriol

Misericord
I pass by as your shadow
The ghostly burning arrow
A marksman for your swerving heart

Misericord
I support your faith
When weary, in disgrace
You fall to doubt and pull all life apart

On this mist-enshrouded pathway
And through this hateful tarantella
In this thin labyrinth of razors
I shall grin, your soul's propeller

Misericord
Respite from the grief
These spiteful nightfall teeth
Grinding minds to tiny pieces

Misericord
Clockwork works the thief
Like an ever-ticking beast
Whose biting cogs self-denial greases

Drowned in alcohol
Sirens of the deep
Are demon forces
Mercy on your soul...
A life lived more monastic
Drastic measures must extol

On this mist-enshrouded pathway
And through this hateful tarantella
In this thin labyrinth of razors
I shall win, your soul's propeller

Bound to you like bloodline
Familiar with the cracks
The foul and fetid landscape
Just off the beaten tracks
Broods treacherous with sinkholes
The moon is doused in tar
And the fiend disaster preys upon
This straight and narrow path

Like an ever-ticking beast
Whose biting cogs self-denial greases

Misericord
I free you of the bond
To pain, now flee beyond
The veil of Death
Where peace holds reign

Misericord
I'm the killing stroke
The dagger in your throat
Under the armour
Calmer with its gain

Enemies take control
The swarming hordes
Have stormed the walls
Mercy on your soul...
Tonight I close your eyes
Before the temple falls

Before the temple falls


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    My InterpretationMisericord is actually a thin strong and very sharp blade. When a soldier used to get badly wounded in a battle in early days, it was used to mercy kill that soldier. It pretty thin but strong and very sharp so that it can penetrate the armour or the gaps between armour pieces to do what a sword or spear can't do.

    From this perspective the it becomes somewhat clear that the song talks about the fate of a wounded crusading soldier who will be made to meet his maker, thanks to misericord.

    I hold Cradle of Filth in very high respect and Dani's poetic abilities are far beyond a simpleton like me. May be that's what makes him all the more beautiful.
    Well, I did not exactly understand all parts, enough to give clear cut explanation. Whatever little I did are given below

    Nightmares on a roll
    The spirit of fear
    Has alighted here
    Mercy on your soul...
    This fright, crepuscular
    Is muscular with vitriol
    Wounded soldier is afraid for his life and a cruel fear has taken over. But his soul will be mercied upon

    Misericord
    I support your faith
    When weary, in disgrace
    You fall to doubt and pull all life apart
    Religious warrior, now wounded, starts to have doubts about life overall. Misericord is here to help him end his life and get rid of the doubts.


    On this mist-enshrouded pathway
    And through this hateful tarantella
    In this thin labyrinth of razors
    I shall grin, your soul's propeller
    May be it says - sweaty soldiers are going through hateful motions of killing the enemy. Misericord is laughing coz it will do what swords and spears failed to do ie end the life of soldier and propel his soul to the heavens.


    Misericord
    Respite from the grief
    These spiteful nightfall teeth
    Grinding minds to tiny pieces
    Wounded, the soldier is going crazy out of sheer pain and misricord will help end that pain. I think that throbbing pain is referenced as "ever ticking beast"


    Misericord
    I free you of the bond
    To pain, now flee beyond
    The veil of Death
    Where peace holds reign
    Crusader, bound by his faith, to fight till death but is NOT wounded badly enough to die quickly. Misericord is gonna help him get rid of this pain and he'll be at peace once he is dead.


    Misericord
    I'm the killing stroke
    The dagger in your throat
    Under the armour
    Calmer with its gain
    Misericord strikes, sure to kill as it passes in between the gaps of the armour. As it plunges further into the throat, the soldier will be calmer after death.


    Enemies take control
    The swarming hordes
    Have stormed the walls
    Mercy on your soul...
    Tonight I close your eyes
    Before the temple falls
    The war is pretty much lost and a horrible fate awaits at the enemy's hands. Misericord will bring death to this soldier before the enemy at the gates enters inside this building and takes him.

    gdshuklaon July 16, 2016   Link

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