Released in 1997 on the album 'The Book Of Secrets'. The song relates the words of a dying monk from a monastery that existed during the 6th-12th centuries on the ...
O light the candle, John
The daylight has almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass
Sit here by my side
For the night is very long
There's something I must tell
Before I pass along

I joined the brotherhood
My books were all to me
I scribed the words of God
And much of history
Many a year was I
Perched out upon the sea
The waves would wash my tears
The wind, my memory

I'd hear the ocean breathe;
Exhale upon the shore
I knew the tempest's blood
Its wrath I would endure
And so the years went by
Within my rocky cell
With only a mouse or bird
My friend; I loved them well

And so it came to pass
I'd come here to Romani
And many a year it took
Till I arrived here with thee
On dusty roads I walked
And over mountains high
Through rivers running deep
Beneath the endless sky

Beneath these jasmine flowers
Amidst these cypress trees
I give you now my books
And all their mysteries
Now take the hourglass
And turn it one its head
For when the sands are still
'Tis then you'll find me dead

O light the candle, John
The daylight has almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass

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    General Commentthis song is wonderful !!!!!1
    alice_in_wonderlandon September 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI could listen to this song for hours. It seems so sad and beautiful. I love everything about it!
    MrReallyBigBadManon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so amazing.
    The beggining bit with that wind instrument is just beautiful, this song reminds me of sitting in the countryside painting the local area in fall 2005 whilst listening to the book of secrets album.
    I love this song!
    A.Mon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was listening to a play of my thousands of songs of the most diverse styles in the world. Because it is Sunday, as a devoted Mormon I knew it was coming time when I must begin to listen to only religious oriented music. The last song playing after "What Do You Want From Me" was this sad beautiful song that I knew was Loreena Mckennitt but I didn't know the title or its story but I hoped it had a religious subject matter because I yearned to hear it again. After much investigation of the song via a description by the lovely Miss Mckennitt about an island of Irish monks separated from the world to scribe the words of God I had, not only my wish, but after watching a number of YouTube's wonderful videos of the song I most assuredly considered it a miracle and a blessing of the Lord.
    kristoferhon August 21, 2016   Link

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