Prologue: Bless the Children


[The opening quote is said by Jim Dale and is taken from the American audiobook recording of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.]

Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers

Oh, the torment bred in the race,
the grinding scream of death
and the stroke that hits the vein,
the haemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,
the curse no man can bear.

But there is a cure in the house
and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.

Now hear, you blissful powers underground —
answer the call, send help.
Bless the children, give them triumph now.

Fate has not been kind to them
These children now and past
None have suffered more than they
Who walk the honest path

How many blackened clouds
Will blot out the sun?
How many battles will they lose
Before the war is won?

So hear our cry, and answer our call
Make heroes of them all

So bless the children of the dark age
Who rise up against their cage
Oh, bless the children, show them how
Give them triumph now
Give them triumph now

All alone on a darkened path
‘For love’ is what they said
Love seems so distant when you
Can’t see the road ahead

How many tidal waves
Will crash upon their shore?
How many will they lose?
Before they fight no more?

So hear our cry, and answer our call
Make heroes of them all

So bless the children of the dark age
Who rise up against their cage
Oh, bless the children, show them how
Give them triumph now
Give them triumph now

There is something left to believe in
There is something left to believe in
There is something left to believe in
There is something left to believe in

So bless the children of the dark age
Who rise up against their cage
Oh, bless the children, show them how
Give them triumph now
Give them triumph now
Give them triumph now
Give them triumph now

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