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Dear prodigal you are my son and I
Supplied you not your spirit, but your shape
All Eden's wealth arrayed before your eyes
I fathomed not; you wanted to escape
And though I only ever gave you love
Like every child, you've chosen to rebel
Uprooted flowr's and filled the holes with blood
Ask not for whom they toll the solemn bells
A child of dust to mother now return
For every seed must die before it grows
And though above the world may toil and turn
No prying spade will find you here below

Now safe beneath their wisdom and their feet
Here I will teach you truly how to sleep



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    YoudidntseeanythingMay 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    The only Thrice song in this Sonnet form that people haven't referenced to God is the Flame Deluge (fire). Just thought that was kind of funny.
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    gowenJul 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm
    Actually, Blayed, this song heavily references the Biblical narrative. Notice the Earth says that it provides, "not your spirit, but your shape," referencing Genesis 2 where God fashions man out of Earth and breathes life into the earthen creation. "All Eden's worth arrayed before your eyes, I fathomed not; you wanted to escape," is a direct reference to man's rebellion against God and subsequent expulsion from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3). "Every seed must die before it grows," is a direct reference to 1 Corinthians 15:36-38: "How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body." Finally, the closing line, "here I will teach you truly how to sleep," references the many times Paul talks about the dead as having fallen asleep, awaiting the resurrection.
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    sjob48Jan 20, 2010 at 1:50 am
    This song, like the other three mentioned, are Sonnets. As noted, each of the four Sonnets is written from the perspective of the personified element to which it relates, and the four songs finish up each of their respective element's Volumes on The Alchemy Index series. The structure of these Sonnets is based on the English Sonnet model, which is not exactly Petrarchan, but, like pretty much all Sonnets, owes the model a great deal. Petrarchan, or Italian, Sonnets are made up of an octave and a sestet; that is to say, a section of 8 lines and a section of 6, totaling 14 lines. The English, or Shakespearean, Sonnet is also 14 lines long, but has a slightly different structure: instead of the pattern, ABBABBA CDDCDD (the sestet may vary), the English Sonnet has a rhyming pattern of ABABCDCDEFEF GG, with a rhyming couplet at the end, all in Iambic Pentameter (5 beats, or 10 syllables; with regards to the “foot,” the stress is placed on the second syllable), just as each of the Thrice songs does. Some English Sonnets from the Romantic period deviate from that pattern, though, with regards to their meter; the first 12 lines are in Iambic Pentameter, but the rhyming couplet utilizes the Alexandrine (6 beats, or 12 syllables). The Sonnet, Petrarchan or otherwise, is traditionally addressed to a lover. In these songs, the object of the love of each element is man. Of course, each song is imbued heavily with Kensrue's spiritual philosophy, as well.
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    BlayedSep 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm
    Child of Dust is written from the perspective of the element of Earth. The entire song tells of how Man was created as a child of Earth, yet as we grew, we "rebelled against our parent (the Earth)" by building, warring, and desecrating the planet. At first the Earth is confused as to why we destroyed it's beauty, but as we die, the Earth still takes back our bodies (as we bury our deceased), and protects them. The message behind this song is that no matter how we advance our civilization, we all came from the Earth, and one day we will all return to it.

    This song is one of 4 songs on The Alchemy Index which is written in Iambic Pentameter, The Flame Deluge, Kings Upon the Main, Silver Wings, and Child of Dust.
    Each of these songs is written to illustrate the relationship between man and each represented element (in order according to song titles listed above), Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
    The last 2 lines of each of these 4 songs are all rhyming couplets, which share a vocal melody.

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