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Lyrics: 1-11 Duet <br/> NANCY <br/>In our wild meadows we march to the hill of our graves. <br/>Brother Clayton, will the Church die with him? <br/>I cannot die uncertain of the vessel of God he gave us. <br/> CLAYTON <br/>You should not have come to us across the fields. <br/> NANCY <br/>But I have felt the dark angel steady in me, <br/>The angel of death who holds my heart in his hand <br/>And broods over the days I ask from him. <br/> CLAYTON <br/>Does Stephen know? <br/> NANCY <br/>No. I know, Brother Clayton, <br/>Without your telling me, <br/>How he wonders against himself, <br/>Picking up the threads of the terror against us. <br/>I cannot give him my faith <br/>That is shaken grey before the angel, <br/>And I cannot lead him with the hand of death. <br/>He does not know. But I challenge him, <br/>As I thought of doing now, if he were here. <br/>But he is not here, and so the wind and the silences keep me, <br/>And I remain wandering through the dark halls <br/>Of a Church that may die. <br/> CLAYTON <br/>They did not desecrate <br/>Joseph, Nancy. <br/> NANCY <br/>So we have his shell! <br/>Is the Church a shell, Brother Clayton? <br/>If Stephen is nothing, then I am nothing, <br/>For the dark angel makes me lean on him <br/>For all that remains, though I may play the part of his honor. <br/> (She sinks, then laughs lightly.) <br/>I am breathless with all the breath I have; <br/>My spirit is shallow in me. <br/> CLAYTON <br/>Nancy, I shall help you home. <br/> NANCY <br/>For another time? <br/> CLAYTON <br/>We shall go... west. (He catches himself.) <br/> NANCY (Lightly, but sadly.) <br/>Go west? Go west? I am the darkness of hope. <br/>Nauvoo is not in me, for Joseph is dead, <br/>And I am lost to your vision because it lies before me <br/>Beyond the endurance of my pain, <br/>Over the rivers and plains, in the west <br/>That Joseph gave us in the morning of light. <br/>Brother Clayton, where is the Church? Is it in me? <br/> CLAYTON <br/>Stephen should know why... <br/> NANCY <br/>Not Stephen, until I see the Church in him. <br/> CLAYTON <br/>Let me take you home. <br/> (Clayton lifts Nancy into his arms and leaves in the direction she came.) <br/> <br/>(End of Act 1)
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