The Words of Radiance: Epigraphs in Chapter 13 through Chapter 34 are phrased as single stanzas of various Listener Songs. The stanzas sing mainly about the many forms Parshendi can take, though a few stanzas sing about history or give insights into the history of the Parshendi. The stanzas also contain advice and warnings regarding the form in question.
The old songs spoke of hundreds of forms. Now they knew of only five.
Listener Song of ListingEdit
Listener Song of WindEdit
Stormform is said to cause
A tempest of winds and showers,
Beware its powers, beware its power
Though its coming brings the gods their night,
It obliges a bloodred spren.
Beware its end, beware its end.
Listener Song of SecretsEdit
Nightform predicting what will be,
The form of shadows, mind to foresee.
As the gods did leave, the nightform whispered.
A new storm will come, someday to break.
A new storm a new world to make.
A new storm a new path to take, the nightform listens.
Decayform destroys the souls of dreams.
A form of gods to avoid, it seems.
Seek not its touch, nor beckon its screams, deny it.
Watch where you walk, your toes to tread,
O’er hill or rocky riverbed
Hold dear the fears that fill your head, defy it.
The betrayal of spren has brought us here.
They gave their Surges to human heirs,
But not to those who know them most dear, before us.
’Tis no surprise we turned away
Unto the gods we spent our days
And to become their molding clay, they changed us.
Smokeform for hiding and slipping ’tween men.
A form of power—like Surges of spren.
Do we dare to wear this form again? It spies.
Crafted of gods, this form we fear.
By Unmade touch its curse to bear,
Formed from shadow—and death is near. It lies.
Our gods were born splinters of a soul,
Of one who seeks to take control,
Destroys all lands that he beholds, with spite.
They are his spren, his gift, his price.
But the nightforms speak of future life,
A challenged champion. A strife even he must requite.
Listener Song of WarsEdit
They blame our people
For the loss of that land.
The city that once covered it
Did range the eastern strand.
The power made known in the tomes of our clan
Our gods were not who shattered these plains.
Listener Song of RevisionsEdit
Artform for colors beyond our ken;
For its grand songs we yearn.
We must attract creationspren;
These songs suffice ’til we learn.
Listener Song of HistoriesEdit
Tis said it was warm in the land far away
When Voidbringers entered our songs.
We brought them home to stay
And then those homes became their own,
It happened gradually.
And years ahead ’twil still be said ’tis how it has to be.
Smokeform for hiding and slipping between men.
A form of power, like human Surges.
Bring it ’round again.
Though crafted of gods,
It was by Unmade hand.
Leaves its force to be but one of foe or friend.
Listener Song of SprenEdit
The spren betrayed us, it’s often felt.
Our minds are too close to their realm
That gives us our forms, but more is then
Demanded by the smartest spren,
We can’t provide what the humans lend,
Though broth are we, their meat is men.
But it is not impossible to blend
Their Surges to ours in the end.
It has been promised and it can come.
Or do we understand the sum?
We question not if they can have us then,
But if we dare to have them again.
Only a few stanzas from each song are known, and though more stanzas might be released, the songs are not expected to be released in their entirety.
- ↑ Differing meters ...
- ↑ Words of Radiance, Inter1.
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 14. Ironstance
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 13. The Day's Masterpiece
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 15. A Hand With The Tower
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 16. Swordmaster
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 21. Ashes
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 18. Bruises
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 20. The Coldness Of Clarity
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 17. A Pattern
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 22. Lights In The Storm
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 23. Assassin
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 24. Tyn
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 28. Boots
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 25. Monsters
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 34. Blossoms And Cake
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 26. The Feather
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 29. Rule Of Blood
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 30. Nature Blushing
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 31. The Stillness Before
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 32. The One Who Hates
- ↑ Words of Radiance, 33. Burdens