(The airfield outside Peking. It is a very cold, clear, dry morning; Monday, February 21, 1972; the air is full of static electricity. No airplanes are arriving; there is the odd note of birdsong. Finally, from behind some buildings, come the sounds of troops marching. Contingents of army, navy and air force - 120 men of each service - circle the field and begin to sing "The Three Main Rules of Discipline and the Eight Points of Attention")
CHORUS Soldiers of heaven hold the sky, the morning breaks and shadows fly. Follow the orders of the poor, your master is the laborer who rules the world with truth and grace. Deal with him justly, face to face, pay a fair price for all you buy, pay to replace what you destroy. Divide the landlord's property, take nothing from the tenantry, do not mistreat the captive foe. Respect women, it is their due replace doors when you leave a house. Roll up straw matting after use. The people are the heroes now. Behemoth pulls the peasant's plow. When we look up, the fields are white with harvest in the morning light and mountain ranges one by one rise red beneath the harvest moon.
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