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The Book of Peace
by Dave Ritchie 
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Verse 1


Man’s natural state though it seems he’s forgotten

The gift of a life, God’s only begotten

The legends of truth now ancient and frayed

The lessons once learnt now lost and decayed


Verse 2


At an end is the beginning that once seemed so bright

For darkness was left when we surrendered the light

In confusion we prayed for our burdens to cease

The answer was Christ, the message was peace


Verse 3


Each of us yearns for the dream to be real

An ideal we consider yet no longer we feel

So sure in our answers to questions once asked

Mocked are the ways and the lives of the past


Verse 4


The more that we learned the less that we knew

Until lies replaced truth and the wise were the few

So bold in our findings we abandoned the way

As our world became smaller we went further astray


Verse 5


So few there are now who trust and believe

The course of the common to lie and deceive

The sadness is heavy, the loss is unmeasured

Our hearts have lost sight of the things to be treasured


Verse 6


Now alone all together we believe we are free

For the prison they built has walls we can’t see

Freedom if not earned can for granted be taken

In a heart full of fear all hope is forsaken


Verse 7


Our instincts they scream as we bare the confusion

 For solace is found in the welcomed illusion

Distracted by troubles and trivial cares

Blinded by choice we were trapped unawares


Verse 8


Now war is peace and death freedom’s cost

The truth is the lie of a conscience now lost

Too full of heads the sand groans as it drifts

Windswept with woe it now burns as it shifts


Verse 9


Those yet to come pay the cost of your choice

To abide in the chaos and silence your voice

Ignorance brings comfort to say you knew not

The existence of evil and the success of its plot


Verse 10


Time there is still to break free from the mould

Though the names are all new the battle is old

Ever have the forces that fight to hold sway

Replaced hope with fear and joy with dismay


Verse 11


The true field of battle is the hearts of all men

For each of us chooses the sword or the pen

Though a king moves a man his choices are his

He can choose to be ordered or choose to let live


Verse 12


Though each of us yearns for the touch of its grace

In our hearts just like love, peace holds its own place

To speak of its promise is a voice held naïve

Yet the concept of love, we must feel to perceive


Verse 13


Behind the curtain the reapers they push and they pull

They convince you your dream is a cup that’s half full

Yet dreams are for those who follow their hearts

For blessed are those who write their own parts


Verse 14


Beneath the wing of the dragon it is easy to stay

At his side appears safer than to be in his way

So few there are now with the courage to fight

 Like slaves to his shadow we fear now the light



Verse 15


The voice of your soul you’ve mistaken for thought

It whispers a wisdom beyond all you were taught

As it pleads a reaction to the horror unbound

You claim the distraction and silence the sound


Verse 16


Though countless are tales of a new path begun

Of the seed that was planted and nurtured by one

The fruit of its bough he grew only to share

Yet though you devour you remain unaware


Verse 17


As actions are deeds and deeds are yet actions

You fight not to believe but to hide your reaction

For each of us knows on occasion of slight

Whatever the deed it is wrong or it’s right


Verse 18


Our illusion of real has us worship the scene

Now knowledge is truth with no in-between

Not so long ago the earth was still flat

 Wisdom is found in the absence of fact


Verse 19


Things there are still that always have been

The history of time remains mostly unseen

All that man learns already was known

For all that there is has a mind of its own


Verse 20


Existence existed without us just fine

The bounty was blessed, the beauty sublime

The balance was perfect and for ever it spun

Long before man and his time had begun


Verse 21


We are more than just life crept from the sea

We are more than what was, what is and will be

Connected through spirit all things make the one

To show us true peace God gave us his son


Verse 22


For the message of Christ was to love and forgive

To give what you can and to live and let live

He showed us the way and he gave us the light

To keep evil at bay and to fight the good fight


Verse 23


Imprisoned by those who seek power through strife

Our freedom sits poised on the edge of a knife

Given to fear we are forced to believe

Only through war can Peace be achieved


Verse 24


A notion of nonsense designed to deceive

The power is yours if you choose to believe

In a balance of spirit, of body and mind

Of faith in the promise of a truth yet to find


Verse 25


The great lie is mortality and all of its fears

The passing of time and the counting of years

For that is the method with which they control

Your joy and your hope, your heart and your soul


Verse 26


No beast fears the future, they care not for plans

The burden of promise belongs solely to man

It is us that exploits and so causes great pain

We turn only to God when appointing the blame


Verse 27


Each heart must awaken and find its own worth

Each soul be retaken, each mind be rebirthed

Empower yourself to reclaim your own dream

Often life is more simple than at first it would seem


Verse 28


Your world is a mirror it reflects how you feel

If riddled with hate your pain becomes real

Only you have the power with which to decide

To hold onto your hurt or to cast it aside


Verse 29


We are all but reflections, an idea of ourselves

In the depths of your soul the answers they dwell

Forsake all the knowledge of man’s best excuse

The fiction of facts that serve us no use


Verse 30


True wisdom is more than a thing to be proved

A contemplation of reason once fear is removed

Two paths we were given but one direction to take

Your life is defined by the choices you make


Verse 31


Without faith we are blind to a wealth of true power

With no refuge in judgment, in suspicion we cower

Excuses we claim to free our conscience of guilt

Yet not by man’s hand was the universe built


Verse 32


Our connection to God is our greatest of strengths

True peace is a perception of a life without length

We are each of us eternal and have nothing to fear

It’s only part of the journey, the time you have here


Verse 33


Through the actions of others you expect to find peace

If all wars were ended and all fighting was ceased

When your mind, your body and your soul are aligned

It is within your own heart true peace you will find


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