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Lyrics: Scene Three - Dawn <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>The sun walks forth from its councilchamber: <br/>With hands trailing fire it brings us God's truth, <br/>And we rejoice in the warmth of heaven's testimony. <br/> <br/> (Enter ALMA with the plates) <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>I come early to this place, to join you in your bright vigil. <br/>What say the vanishing stars? <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>That they bow to their sovereign, even he who outshines them <br/>In the glory of truth. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>And where are the shadows that grasped my mind <br/>In the night, that held me with despair? <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>They are gone, as the night itself. <br/>Now are all things made plain by God, <br/>And we may rejoice in our freedom of spirit. <br/> <br/> ALMA: <br/>Yes, I rejoice! For the burden that crushed me <br/>Has left my mind, and I stand now in peace, <br/>Awaiting the will of God, of that which will come. <br/> <br/> (Enter PRIESTCRAFT) <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>Thus do you gather, to conspire against Amulon so early? <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>Why need conspiracy, when God's power <br/>Shines so brightly? <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>Let your God appear, <br/>That I may see his power! <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>He stands before you;. <br/>Look at the sun, and see his face. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>The harsh light! It pains me. <br/> <br/> ALMA and PROPHECY: <br/>This is his glory, this light that moves the world. <br/>He banishes darkness; the night has gone; <br/>The armies of men will perish, <br/>But when will the sun's fire be dimmed, <br/>And who shall put out the eyes of God? <br/>He sees the works of men who perish in the midst <br/>Of his light, and he grieves that they reject him. <br/>Fire and light will destroy the enemies <br/>Of righteousness. The flames of justice burn higher, <br/>Covering mountains and every shadowed place. <br/>Soon the world will revolve into a glory of truth, <br/>And all men will acknowledge the source of their light! <br/> <br/> (Enter AMULON; he stumbles blindly around the stage as the others avoid him) <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Is this the manner of my dawn, that sight fails me, <br/>And I stumble? The day is cold around me; <br/>How shall I be warmed? <br/> <br/> PROPHECY: <br/>The sun that shines on us cannot warm your heart, <br/>For you have closed your inward eyes. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Why do you judge me? I judge myself; <br/>And if I condemn myself, <br/>Then, that is just. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>Are you a ghost, a spirit who moves <br/>Without inner substance? Has your torment eaten you, <br/>That you walk as one dead, and stand condemned? <br/> <br/> VOICES OF NIGHT: (offstage) <br/>Abinadi, Abinadi! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>No, I am not a ghost, but I see one. <br/>The garish morning does not hide him from me, <br/>For I see him still, as he stalks this land, <br/>Seeking to kill me with fire, even as I killed him. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>The fire of God could not be so evil as this torment <br/>That you feed with your own heart and soul, consuming life <br/>Until death is the only answer. <br/> <br/> VOICES: (offstage) <br/>Death of spirit. Abinadi! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>I am dead, but I live, as he does: <br/>Dying in life, and living in death. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>No, you are ill, and need medicine. <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Where is the medicine to cure me from myself? <br/>Yes, I am ill; but Abinadi infects me, <br/>A worm within me, toiling through me, <br/>Devouring my brain, my eyes, my heart. <br/>And he is an avenging fire, the hand of God. <br/> <br/> PRIESTCRAFT: <br/>Amulon, do not speak like this! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>I speak, and these are my words: <br/>Abinadi, you live, and I die! <br/>Let me have peace, even if it be in Hell. <br/>The torment there is cooling water on my brow, <br/>And I would have it soon. <br/> <br/> (He looks around wildly and sees the plates) <br/> <br/>The record! Those words, his words! <br/> <br/> VOICES: (offstage) <br/>Words and prophecies! Abinadi! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>Can I hear his words, and live? <br/> <br/> <br/> VOICES: (offstage) <br/>He speaks, and you must listen! <br/> <br/> AMULON: <br/>No, I cannot bear it! Go away, Abinadi, <br/>Let me die, alone and unmourned. <br/>The light is too strong for me, and the fire burns <br/>Without mercy, without mercy. <br/> <br/> (He sinks to the ground and covers his face; PRIESTCRAFT huddles by him) <br/> <br/> (VOICES come onstage behind the others) <br/> <br/> ALMA, PROPHECY, and VOICES: <br/>The record is safe. We have God's word, <br/>And it is the sun to us, dispelling doubts and shadows, <br/>Sending its rays to every hidden crevice of our lives, <br/>That we may clearly see what we must do. <br/>God has spoken to us, and will speak again; <br/>And our testimonies become a beacon <br/>To the future, that men may know of us, <br/>What we hoped, and lived, and what we became. <br/>There will yet be many trials; our backs must be strong, <br/>For the burdens of life do not push us to the dust, <br/>But lift us unto the stars. <br/>We speak from the dust, and our words are the sky. <br/> <br/> (Curtain - End of Opera)
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