Lament of the Hephtalite lyrics

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Lament of the Hephtalite

I have been riding where sand is whipping
In sunlight's punishing brutal force
We Ebodalo are shaped by gripping
Bow and arrow and mane of horse
 
For by the Silkroad, no life is sacred
For it is ridden by warring bands
Each tribe is hungry, each man is watchful
Each lung tormented by soot and sand
 
When out Ataland by the sea was taken
We wanted life where no ocean lied
The Gobi desert dwelled still, forsake
The Hyperboreans thither flied
 
But still my mind and my heart doth wander
To good old Atland, and the Nordic air
Compelling memories drives me to ponder
Upon a voyage to take us there
 
Alas, we dwell here the Hephtalite cried
In a world of danger and bitter toil
By sword and bow by the mountain's steep side
Whilst desert wind scourge the barren soil
 
One day our horses shall bear our brothers
And our sons to the Arctic night
With Hun and Crow folk and all the others
Who doth lament like the Hephtalite
 
  • Ebodalo:

    The Hephthalites (Bactrian: ηβοδαλο, romanized: Ebodalo).

  • Silkroad:

    The Silk Road (Chinese: 丝绸之路) was and is a network of trade routes connecting the East and West, from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century CE. It was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions. “The Silk Road” usually refers to certain land routes, but it may also refer to sea routes that connect East Asia and Southeast Asia with South Asia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Near East, East Africa & Southern Europe.

  • Gobi desert:

    A large desert or brushland region in East Asia. It covers parts of Northern and Northeastern China and of Southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest and by the North China Plain to the southeast. It is notable in history as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.

  • Hyperboreans:

    In Greek mythology, the Hyperboreans (Ancient Greek: Ὑπερβόρεοι) were a mythical people who lived in the far northern part of the known world. Their name appears to derive from the Greek ὑπέρ Βορέᾱ, "beyond Boreas" (the personified North Wind), although some scholars prefer a derivation from ὑπερφέρω ("to carry over"). Despite their location in an otherwise frigid part of the world, the Hyperboreans were believed to inhabit a sunny, temperate, and divinely-blessed land.

  • Atland:

    Atland, also known as the Republic of Atland (Atlandish: Republica n'Atland), is a sovereign state in north-western Europe occupying a big island of 254,600 km2, between Iceland and Ireland. The capital and largest city is Rockall, located in the south part of the island, whose metropolitan area is home to around a quarter of the country's 1 million inhabitants. (Additional comment of Lobolyrix: This is fantasy > https://conworld.fandom.com/wiki/Atland_Republic#History)

  • Hephtalite:

    The Hephthalites (Bactrian: ηβοδαλο, romanized: Ebodalo), sometimes called the White Huns, were a people who lived in Central Asia during the 5th to 8th centuries CE. They formed an empire, the Imperial Hephthalites, and were militarily important from 450 CE, when they defeated the Kidarites, to 560 CE, when combined forces from the First Turkic Khaganate and the Sasanian Empire defeated them. After 560 CE they established "principalities" in the area of Tokharistan, under the suzerainty of the Western Turks (in the areas north of the Oxus) and of the Sasanian Empire (in the areas south of the Oxus), before the Tokhara Yabghus took over in 625.

  • Hun:

    The Huns were a nomadic people who lived in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe between the 4th and 6th century AD. According to European tradition, they were first reported living east of the Volga River, in an area that was part of Scythia at the time; the Huns' arrival is associated with the migration westward of an Iranian people, the Alans.

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