- The ending of all hope is come.
- Its leaden beat denying song.
- The messenger of nothingness
- who's nothing more and nothing less
- than all that's pallid, wan and wrong.
- The pounding of that self-same drum
- that serves it as a human heart
- repeats the beat that changes never
- from which no soul can stand apart
- within its innards rack and lever.
- A human figure from without,
- its tatters hide the cogs and wheels
- inside its bland and friendless face.
- It haunts the death of all that feels
- all places with no pride of place.
- This is the ending worse than doubt.
- All other dooms are rich beside.
- The beasts disdain to lick his hands
- he stirs no rupture of the tide
- no strange births of forgotten lands.
- This is the ending less than dust.
- Unless the dust has been your dream,
- and nothingness your playfellow,
- and then it's cruel as the machine,
- inhuman as the King in Yellow.
- This endlessness unending must
- must become its own incarnate tomb.
- Its blood and bone its ball and chain.
- Its dreams the pain of afternoon
- forever in the fervid brain.
Examination In ContextEdit
Meaning in The Cthulhu MythosEdit
The mention of the beasts disdaining to lick his hands, seems to be a reference to Nyarlathotep, whom Lovecraft describes in such a manner, although, here, it would seem to emphasise that the King In Yellow is not Nyarlathotep.