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Lyrics: 3-9 Debate <br/>RIGDON <br/>Where will the Twelve take you? <br/>You will leave Adam-ondi-ahman, and leave your home; <br/>You will scatter over the land, <br/>And forget the vision and gathering of Israel. <br/>But let me confide in you: <br/>Toward the end, Joseph fell from grace, <br/>But who can blame him? <br/>He grew anxious about life; <br/>He married secretly, desperately; <br/>He talked fearfully of the West. <br/>I knew him once, when the waters flowed evenly, <br/>Blue in the grace of heaven; <br/>But then I could not know him: <br/>The distant cry of tomorrow, <br/>Away from Nauvoo, <br/>The wheeling wings <br/>Above the barren land <br/>Of your future without me. <br/>In the last extremity, <br/>Joseph lost the humming vision <br/>And gave it to me. <br/>I am the guardian <br/>Until his spirit rises again. <br/>You are lost in the Twelve; <br/>The tests will overwhelm you. <br/>Know my voice; <br/>I am the staff of God; <br/>Rest in me. <br/>YOUNG (To the congregation) <br/>Joseph knew the freedom of God, <br/>The new keys to the gates of knowing, <br/>And the provision of the great Zion of the mountains <br/>Where natural truth and the word of God <br/>Shall be indistinguishable from each other. <br/>The effort is mine and yours, <br/>The work and glory of Him <br/>Who struck Sinai with the stone law <br/>That grew into love. <br/>RIGDON <br/>We have all we can do; <br/>The canon is full; <br/>You will fail. <br/>YOUNG (Still to the congregation) <br/>We shall fail as Adam failed; <br/>We are not pure as Eden,. <br/>Where palms and fern might hide our innocence, <br/>But with the keys we have we shal1 try every door. <br/>What may meet us, the sunburst gold, <br/>The forest green, the ivory legends of St. Paul, <br/>The sackcloth of Amos, Hosea, the wonder of love, <br/>Or the bright clouds of the millennium, <br/>We do not care, for these we address <br/>With openness, as the Spirit is open. <br/>RIGDON <br/>Think of the desert skull; <br/>It is yours, where the prairie <br/>Widens into the desolation of Coriantumr. <br/>YOUNG <br/>Brother Rigdon, the Prophet charged you to set your house in order; <br/>He did not mean for you to pull the blinds <br/>And light a candle in the darkness. <br/>RIGDON <br/>Let us arrange the truth in the convenience <br/>Of him who bequeathed it. <br/>He was the spirit of rest; <br/>The age of the hero is gone. <br/>Do you suppose the wilderness is yours? <br/>YOUNG <br/>The western wilderness is ours, <br/>And may it always be, <br/>Though we return from it <br/>And find the old lands again, <br/>From which our people came. <br/>Israel is the hand reaching through fire <br/>And finding the gate of Eden. <br/>RIGDON (In a half-light to the congregation) <br/>Will you follow him, who gives you fire? <br/>YOUNG <br/>The fire is the Ghost, our minister to Him: <br/>We do not fear. <br/>RIGDON <br/>To the fear of your graves... <br/>YOUNG <br/>From which we shall rise and live; <br/>We wait not alone for what must come; <br/>The day is ours. <br/>The Church is the rod of our will <br/>To rise as the Spirit moves us to rise <br/>Like the breath of morning over Zion. <br/>Who can guess what may be before God comes again? <br/>He is not so far from us <br/>That we cannot resemble Him where the fires gleam <br/>Like islands on the sea: <br/>In our hands and as the Spirit rules, <br/>We shall make the world and ourselves <br/>The just inheritors of what shall come. <br/>RIGDON (Moving into shadow) <br/>As you will; I shall have nothing of it. <br/>YOUNG <br/>You have drawn away. <br/>Stay with us, Brother Rigdon, <br/>Whatever the struggle. <br/>RIGDON (From shadow) <br/>Kirtland is mine; <br/>The visions will come again, <br/>Though Joseph is gone. <br/> (He leaves slowly.)

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