The Benacian Beast

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The Benacian Beast was the national anthem of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth from 1661 to 1672. It celebrated Shireroth's hegemony on the Benacian continent and the empire's role as a force against the evils of Micras. It replaced the Land of the Nifty. It was first played at the coronation of Kaiser Ayreon IV in 1661 AN. Since 1672, when Shireroth was arguably no longer a Benacian beast, the old hymn was dusted off, with slightly amended wording, and a new title, Bless the Realm and Death Spare the Kaiser.

Lyrics

O can you see the great Benacian beast,

It wards off our enemies always,

It cares deeply for us and our sacrifice,

That beast, we shall love it always, Shireroth,

We shall overcome the monsters in the east,

And undo the evil which they have wrought;


We are always reborn ever greater,

We are without peer to match our strength,

Never will our homes be overtaken,

For we are the ones who overtake;


Gravtanks protect us in land sea and sky,

The daemons beneath us do cower,

The only Balgurd spawn which lives with us all,

Is Malarbor from whom we draw our power,

We shall overcome the monsters in the west,

And undo the evil which they have wrought;


We are always reborn ever greater,

We are without peer to match our strength,

Never will our homes be overtaken,

For we are the ones who overtake;


The states and dominions serve only the throne,

Always keeping each other loyal,

When one might begin to step out of its place,

The whole of this beast shall fall upon it;

We shall overcome the monsters in this world,

And undo the evil which they have wrought;


We are always reborn ever greater,

We are without peer to match our strength,

Never will our homes be overtaken,

For we are the ones who overtake.


(to the tune of The Grey Infantry)