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Testo the fountain of salmacis - genesis

From a dense forest of tall
dark pinewood

Mount Ida rises like an island

Within a hidden cave
nymphs had kept a child

Hermaphroditus
son of gods
so afraid of their love



As the dawn creeps up the sky

The hunter caught sight of a doe

In desire for conquest

He found himself within a glade he'd not beheld before



Hermaphroditus:

Where are you my father

Give wisdom to your son




Narrator:

Then he could go no farther

Now lost, the boy was guided by the sun




And as his strength began to fail

He saw a shimmering lake

A shadow in the dark green depths

Disturbed the strange tranquillity



Salmacis:

The waters are disturbed

Some creature has been stirred




Narrator:

The waters are disturbed

The naiad queen Salmacis has been stirred




As he rushed to quench his thirst

A fountain spring appeared before him

And as his heated breath rushed through the cool mist

A liquid voice called

Son of gods, drink from my spring




The water tasted strangely sweet

Behind him the voice called again

He turned and saw her
in a cloak of mist alone

And as he gazed
her eyes were filled

With the darkness of the lake



Salmacis:

We shall be one

We shall be joined as one




Narrator:

She wanted them as one

Yet he had no desire to be one




Hermaphroditus:

Away from me cold-blooded woman

Your thirst is not mine




Salmacis:

Nothing will cause us to part

Hear me O gods




Unearthly calm descended from the sky

And then their flesh and bones were strangely merged

Forever to be joined as one



The creature crawled into the lake

A fading voice was heard:

And I beg, yes I beg, that all who touch this spring may share my fate




Salmacis:

We are the one

We are the one




Narrator:

The two are now made one

Demi-god and nymph are now made one




Both had given everything they had

A lover's dream had been fulfilled at last

Forever still beneath the lake
Classifica Testi canzoni genesis
LAND OF CONFUSION - 530
NOSONOFM - 221