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Lyrics: AMULON <br/> (An opera in three scenes. Text and music by Ralph S. Gardner II.) <br/> <br/>Characters: <br/> ALMA (Tenor) <br/> SPIRIT OF PROPHECY (Tenor)* <br/> MESSENGER FROM THE LAMANITES (Tenor)* <br/> SPIRIT OF PRIESTCRAFT (Baritone) <br/> AMULON (Baritone) <br/> VOICES OF NIGHT (SATB Chorus) <br/>*(These 2 roles may be sung by one person.) <br/> <br/>Scenery: None. <br/>Costumes: Simple, or present day. <br/> ALMA and PROPHECY - white attire <br/> AMULON and PRIESTCRAFT - dark attire <br/> MESSENGER - neutral attire <br/> CHORUS - white attire <br/>Props: Scroll; book of metal plates; sword. <br/>Reference: Mosiah 2324. <br/> <br/>Scene One - Sunset <br/> <br/>(The curtain rises on a semi-dark stage. PRIESTCRAFT is at one side.) <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>Night that overcomes day now draws near, <br/>And sun sets in homage to the Lord of darkness. <br/>Though once for me the noon was bright, <br/>Now I hate its false glory, its stolen majesty. <br/>I have not worshiped the day, nor will I, <br/>While hands ward off the glare of judgment from above. <br/> <br/> (Enter the MESSENGER, holding a scroll, opposite PRIESTCRAFT. As they sing, MESSENGER and PRIESTCRAFT draw close to each other.) <br/> <br/> MESSENGER: <br/>I wend my way through the gloom of past years <br/>And now I am lost in this death of day. <br/>The future is heavy, and the weight of my message <br/>Slows my feet until I can hardly stand. <br/>I seek Amulon, your Chief Priest. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>He broods over the lot of a people oppressed by Alma. <br/> <br/> MESSENGER: <br/>As slaves you are to us; would one slave oppress another? <br/>Yet my King sends me to deliver his will to Amulon: <br/>That of these slaves, one may be called ruler, <br/>The others ruled. <br/> (Exit) <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>And this yields the weight of the future, <br/>That Amulon has won the goal he sought. <br/> <br/> (Enter PROPHECY opposite PRIESTCRAFT) <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>Do you rejoice in the death of this light? <br/>Now is a solemn time, for night draws near, <br/>And men are silent. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>The harsh glare is gone, and we may see <br/>That within us which day would conceal. <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>You burden men <br/>With darkness, that they never know <br/>The God who shines on them daily. <br/> <br/> (Enter AMULON with the scroll, beside PRIESTCRAFT) <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>As God wills, I have the decree of the Lamanite King: <br/>I am to rule, and Alma is cast down. <br/>Now will this land know I am guardian to God's law. <br/>Abinadi's words will be heard no more from the pulpit, <br/>For he is dead, and his words with him. <br/>Thus is my design complete; now will I fulfill its promise. <br/>The details are before me, the vision succeeds <br/>And I sink in joy before God, <br/>Who grants me victory. <br/> <br/> (Enter ALMA beside PROPHECY.) <br/> <br/>What say you to this, the King's decree? <br/> <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>Are you in league with the Lamanites? <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>With the devil himself, to thwart you! <br/> <br/> ALMA and PROPHECY <br/>With the devil. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Read the scroll, my commission, my power! <br/> <br/> ALMA: (reading the scroll) <br/>I see the power you hold so lightly. <br/>Oh that my burden were as your conscience, <br/>My affliction light as this scroll. <br/> (He gives the scroll back to AMULON) <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Your wish cannot change the decree, <br/>Nor your prayers, the way of the world. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>My prayers I give to God, not the world. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Yet he is silent; he does not answer you. <br/>Let him speak and relieve your suffering! <br/>But he does not speak: the sun sets quietly, <br/>And I rule. Your God is powerless, as your prayers. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>He speaks to me through his scriptures, his prophets. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>And does he let them die, as Abinadi? <br/>He was no prophet, no man of God: <br/>No word of truth knew his lips, nor any ray of light, <br/>His heart. That he died was no loss, no tragedy. <br/>Yet death has not stopped his lies, <br/>But spreads them abroad, to confront me even here, <br/>In this land, far from the place where I had him burned, <br/>Where I tried, with fire, to stop his lying mouth. <br/>But still he speaks! I hear his voice, <br/>As from the dead. And his mouth, though dust and ashes, <br/>Speaks from the dust, the grave, as one dead, who lives. <br/>It shall not continue! I will kill his spirit, <br/>His soul that walks the night, sending rays of darkness <br/>Into every place of dawn, until all is dark and evil, <br/>Even as he was. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>You mock him, yet fear him. You think to rule <br/>Over this land and this people: rule now your own fear. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Do not speak to me of that! You will soon <br/>Have great cause to fear me, you and this people, <br/>Led astray with your lies. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>I must submit to your power, as the King decrees <br/>Only spare this people! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>No, for none are guiltless; all shall suffer. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>Let me be punished for your pride. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Pride is your master; <br/>See now where it has led you! <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>I saw the light of day, and knew I dwelt in night. <br/>Has truth now gone, as the sun? <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Here is my power: the backs of your people will bend low <br/>Under the burdens I shall give them. I will make this land <br/>Anew. Walled temples will rise to heaven, that I may <br/>Address this land, and lead this people in the way I would <br/>Have them go. Remember this, when you cry for help <br/>From your God, for he will not help you, or hear your cries. <br/>Listen to me, and I will be your God in this land. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>My God speaks in ways not known to those who deny him, <br/>And I have heard His voice within my heart. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Your heart! I would tear it from your breast <br/>Your heart that is full of bloody pride; <br/>But I will empty it, and fill it full of sorrow. <br/>Soon, soon will tears of grief weigh down your soul <br/>With remorse for the past, and fear of the future. <br/>You will live in dread, and cringe from my presence, <br/>Hide your face from me, yet praise me as you run from me <br/>And still obey every word that I speak; only then <br/>Will my anger be satisfied, when you are humbled <br/>To the dust. And I shall triumph over you. <br/> (Exit) <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>A storm covers the land, threatening with tongues of fire <br/>All that men hold sacred, even to shake heaven <br/>With its thunder. And walls fall before it, <br/>Towers, and mighty buildings: all things are brought to ruin; <br/>Destruction reigns, and death. <br/> (Exit) <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>The sun sets now in darkness, filling this valley <br/>With night, and my heart is filled <br/>With a coldness not from God. <br/>Where is he now? Are the stars, <br/>Dim now, in the gathering gloom, <br/>To be all I see of God's plan for us? <br/>I fear that, before the dawn, I must pass through <br/>A long night of sin and terror. <br/>Abinadi, I need your spirit to sustain me: <br/>For that which is here is too dark for me to see. <br/>The smoke from your pyre blinds the eyes of Amulon; <br/>Does it also hide me from God's face? <br/> (Exit) <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>Within my soul, all is twilight; the night that comes <br/>Could be no worse. This is the saddest time of day, <br/>For having seen the sun, when it is gone <br/>We see but a fragment of its glory, <br/>That remains to tell us of what was, <br/>What we could have been, were we to walk <br/>In the light of the dawn. But all is dark within us, <br/>And night falls to match the darkness <br/>In our soul. <br/> (Curtain)
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