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If we by chance escape her maw

Opera details:

Opera title:

Nixon in China

Composer:

John Coolidge Adams

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Nixon in China Synopsis

Libretto:

Nixon in China Libretto

Translation(s):

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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Mao Tse-tung / Richard Nixon / Chou En-lai / Henry Kissinger

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone / Baritone / Bass

Act:

1.09

Previous scene: Like the Ming tombs
Next scene: The night is young

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

MAO
History is a dirty sow:
if we by chance escape her maw
she overlies us.


NIXON
That's true, sure.
And yet we still must seize the hour
and seize the day.


CHOU
You overlook the fact that hands are raised to strike,
hands are stretched out to seize their kill.
Here where we stand, beyond the pale,
Your outstretched hand, the Russian's wave,
appear ambiguous.
Forgive my bluntness.


** NIXON
There's no reason why you should trust us.
I'll never say I'll do something I cannot do,
and I'll do more then you can know.
But since you do not know me,
please don't trust me.
Wait. These may be lies.


KISSINGER
I can vouch for the President. **


(The Premier has been discreetly glancing at his watch
for some time. Now he stands up, and the President and
Dr. Kissinger follow his example. Chairman Mao is
assisted by his secretaries as he hauls himself up.
Walking slowly and talking, they take their leave)


MAO
I'm growing old and soft
and won't demand your overthrow.


NIXON
Your life is known to all.
It's a relief to think I may be spared.


MAO
I thought you might be overwhelmed!


NIXON
My feet are firmly planted on the ground,
like yours, like you I take my stand among poor people.
We can talk.


MAO
"Six Crises" isn't a bad book.


NIXON
He reads too much.


CHOU
Ah, who can say?


NIXON
Has study given Chairman Mao
an iron constitution?


MAO
No.


(The Chairman sees his visitors offstage and
shuffles back to his books)


MAO
Founders come first, then profiteers.


SECRETARIES
Founders come first, then profiteers.


(They write it down)

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