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Lyrics: 2-17 Scene <br/> (Nancy and Forbes leave. A moment, then Governor Ford and Sidney Rigdon appear.) <br/> FORD (Coming in) <br/>Ha! Ha! You're right, Sidney. Brigham cannot do it! He simpers and complains like an oaf! <br/> RIGDON (With hypnotic stare) <br/>I'm right for the Saints; they'll follow me. <br/>They can be changed with a pious face. <br/> FORD <br/>Don't you repent that Smith is dead? <br/> RIGDON <br/>A shocking thing, but a relief. <br/>Time for wiser heads to replace weaker ones... <br/> FORD <br/>Stand up to them, Sidney! <br/>Act the part. Feel the vision, act the prayer. <br/>Let it be the mask you wear; <br/>Convince them be their minister. <br/> RIGDON (Caught up) <br/>I shall minister unto the Church <br/>And bring the Saints into the world, <br/>Into the jurisdiction of law <br/>And the state of Illinois... <br/> FORD <br/>Bless you, Sidney; it will be worth your while. <br/>Put on the meek; Brigham can do no better, <br/>Stumbling with his little words. <br/>I shall watch the performance, and your success, <br/> <br/>From the wings. <br/> RIGDON <br/>The sheep gather for the word <br/>I bring from you, and their wool is ours <br/>When they vote to put themselves into my <br/>Competent hands: they are sheep and know my voice. <br/> FORD <br/>That's it! The rhetorical flavor is just right. <br/>For you, Sidney, for you! <br/> RIGDON <br/>For me? <br/> FORD <br/>For you! <br/>If the body politic shows itself <br/>Humble and repentant ah, charmingly contrite <br/>You will have a better chance. <br/> RIGDON <br/>And the visionaries will not look west, <br/>Fondling the setting sun like a bauble for dreamers. <br/>Governor, you make it easy with your hypocrisy; <br/>You take the sting out of the memory of Joseph. <br/> FORD <br/>Seem fair by throwing the responsibility on them. Sidney as guardian will be their creation; they will give their loyalty, love to you... and tribute for me. <br/> RIGDON <br/>For you? <br/> FORD <br/>Am I not a benefactor? I too look for success. Governorship is a paltry thing on the frontier... My sun sets in the glorious east! <br/> RIGDON <br/>The east? <br/> FORD <br/>Over Washington! Let the Mormons cast votes. <br/>They can be led. <br/>I too am humble. <br/> RIGDON <br/>One must prepare to accomplish his ends. <br/>One must anticipate the opposition. <br/> FORD (Brazenly) <br/>Put it to them, Sidney. <br/>Give them humility and saintliness! <br/> RIGDON (Assembling his perfidy) <br/>I gave the Saints their Book of Commandments. I was there. I was responsible. The Church must be built up to the memory of Joseph. <br/> FORD <br/>What will your competitor do? <br/> RIGDON <br/>Mumble against all sense. He is president of the Quorum of the Twelve, a bedouin who calls his flock into the desert. I tell you, Joseph wore me down. He was never content, not here... not anywhere. One tires of herding sheep. <br/> FORD <br/>Put them in the meadow. Joseph can do nothing now. <br/>Speak your piece at the conference. <br/>I am behind you.
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