THIS THING ALL THINGS DEVOURS. BIRDS, BEASTS, TREES AND FLOWERS. IT GNAWS IRON, IT BITES STEEL AND IT GRINDS HARD STONES TO MEAL. IT SLAYS KINGS, RUINS THE TOWN, IT EVEN BEATS THE MOUNTAINS DOWN. THE PINES WERE ROARING ON THE HEIGHT, THE WINDS WERE MOANING IN THE NIGHT. THE FIRE WAS RED IT FLAMING SPREAD, THE TREES LIKE TORCHES IN THE NIGHT. THE BELLS WERE RINGING IN THE DALE AND MEN LOOKED UP WITH FACES PALE. THEN THE IRE MORE FIERCE THAN FIRE LAID DOWN THEIR TOWERS AND HOUSES FRAIL. THE WIND WAS ON THE WITHERED HEATH BUT IN THE FOREST STIRRED NO LEAF. THERE SHADOWS LAY BY NIGHT AND DAY AND DARK THINGS SILENT CREPT BENEATH. O SAGES STANDING IN GOD'S HOLY FIRE AS IN THE GOLD MOSAIC OF A WALL. COME FROM THE FIRE, PERNE IN A GYRE AND BE THE SLEEPING MASTER OF MY SOUL. CONSUME MY HEART AWAY SICK WITH DESIRE AND FASTENED TO A DYING ANIMAL, IT KNOWS NOT WHERE IT IS SO GATHER ME INTO THE ARTIFICE OF ETERNITY. INVISIBLE TRANSFERS, LONG DISTANCE CALLS, HOLLOW LAUGHTER IN MARBLE HALLS. STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN, A SILENT UPROAR HAS UNLEASHED THE DOGS OF WAR. YOU CANNOT STOP WHAT HAS BEGUN. SIGNED, SEALED THEY DELIVER OBLIVION. WE ALL HAVE A DARK SIDE TO SAY THE LEAST AND DEALING IN DEATH IS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST. IT CANNOT BE SEEN, CANNOT BE FELT CANNOT BE HEARD, CANNOT BE SMELT. IT COMES FIRST AND FOLLOWS AFTER, ENDS LIFE, KILLS LAUGHTER. THEY LEFT THE WORLD AND TOOK THEIR FLIGHT OVER THE WIDE SEAS OF THE NIGHT. THE MOON SET SAIL UPON THE GALE AND STARS WERE FANNED TO LEAPING LIGHT. THE SLEEPER HAS COME TO HIS HALL UNDER THE MOUNTAIN DARK AND TALL. THE WORM OF DREAD IS SLAIN AND DEAD AND EVER SO OUR FOES SHALL FALL.