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Lyrics: 2-16 Love Duet <br/> (Everyone leaves but Nancy and Forbes.) <br/>NANCY <br/>Stay with me a moment, Stephen. <br/>FORBES <br/>All right. <br/>NANCY (Affectionately) <br/>I was mistaken. <br/>FORBES <br/>How so? <br/>NANCY <br/>When you spoke to the Governor, <br/>It was as if I know you for the first time. <br/> <br/>FORBES <br/>The Twelve are assembled in Nauvoo; <br/>Our future is in their hands. <br/>NANCY <br/>Strong hands. <br/>FORBES <br/>Brother Brigham has changed. <br/>NANCY <br/>He has. <br/>FORBES <br/>I have changed since he came from Boston. <br/>NANCY <br/>I too, I too. <br/>Let me take your arm. <br/> FORBES <br/>I have become Brigham's man. <br/>NANCY <br/>I too. <br/> FORBES <br/>When he spoke of Joseph I saw <br/>A scimitar of cities against the mountains <br/>Where we must go. And somehow in him <br/>I saw Joseph again, the arm of Joseph <br/>That will bring us there: <br/>A scimitar of cities against the blue rnountains, <br/>And a great city where the temple of the six spires <br/>Awakens the dawn of our people: <br/>I saw the diadem of temples in the cities from that time: <br/>At the point of the scimitar gleams <br/>The great temple of the city of angels, <br/>Along the curve the temple of white stone in the crimson hills, <br/>The temple of the green valleys, <br/>The meadows and lakes of Canaan, Lehi, and Jordan, <br/>To the valley of the great city beside the sea of the mountains; <br/>The temple of Joseph is there and golden Moroni <br/>In the flame of morning bursting from the eastern peaks; <br/>The singing morning is there and blue-clear night <br/>When the valley glows and the air is warm <br/>As the smile of Joseph. <br/>Come west, Nancy, our home is west. <br/> NANCY <br/>Yes, Stephen. <br/> FORBES <br/>For that, we could leave Nauvoo; <br/>For the cities, we could walk a hundred years <br/>Beside the wagon wheel; <br/> BOTH <br/>We could forget the old lands behind us <br/>For the hundred years of prophecy in Brigham Young. <br/>NANCY <br/>How can we strive <br/>Beyond the outposts of the cities, <br/>Leaving all we have known? <br/>Even now, we have gone from hearth to tent <br/>To the coverlet of stars for what can be. <br/>Even Nauvoo is a station, and we walk to and fro, <br/>Whispering for the love of the land that is not ours, <br/>That yet will be ours. <br/>I look to you, unfulfilled except in the promise <br/>Of loving you as if the evening star <br/>Were the point of a wand that delivers us <br/>Beyond the dying image of pain: <br/>Though we should be alone in the western land, <br/>We are the covenant of our being forever. <br/>We stand here as we are, as we always shall <br/>Beyond Nauvoo and after death. <br/>Stephen, you are the reach of my love as my hand is in yours; <br/> FORBES <br/>I take your hand in mine. <br/> NANCY <br/>As I look at you, the voice is about us, <br/>That if we are one, as now, the shields <br/>Of eternity will keep us one. <br/>BOTH <br/>What we know in ourselves cleaves time, <br/>And now is forever broken in two. <br/>NANCY <br/>Wherever we live, we shall joy in our love; <br/>How may I keep each image of you? <br/>Each one comes from the succulent spring and the water of air, <br/>Rushing in, immensely strong, and each upon each <br/>Full as the rain of light. <br/>I was held in the gust of glory, held and spun, <br/>Until, in the kingdom, <br/>I found you, whom I could know <br/>Over the headlands of my being. <br/> BOTH <br/>I keep you close <br/>As we keep our love, <br/>Our imperial love, <br/>Our eternal love, <br/>In the sleep of the sun.
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