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Within this frail crucible of light

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Opera title:

The Rape of Lucretia


Benjamin Britten




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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, Op.37 / Act 2 - "Within This Frail Crucible Of Light"

Singer: Benjamin Luxon

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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, Op.37 / Act 2 - "Within This Frail Crucible Of Light" Benjamin Luxon Heather Harper English Chamber Orchestra Benjamin Britten

Britten: The Rape of Lucretia; Phaedra

? 1971 Decca Music Group Limited

Released on: 1990-01-01

Producer, Recording Producer: Ray Minshull
Producer, Assistant Producer: Michael Woolcock
Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: James Lock
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Author: Ronald Duncan

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Within this frail crucible of light,
like a chrysalis contained within its silk oblivion.
How lucky is this little light;
it knows her nakedness.
And when it's extinguished,
it envelops her as darkness,
then lies with her as night.
Loveliness like this is never chaste! If not enjoyed, it is such a waste!
Wake up, wake up, Lucretia!

Female Chorus
No! Sleep, and outrace Tarquinius' horse and be with your Lord Collatinus.
Sleep on, Lucretia!

As blood-red rubies set in ebony,
her lips illumine the black lake of night. To wake Lucretia with a kiss
would put Tarquinius asleep awhile.

(He kisses Lucretia)

Female Chorus
Her lips receive Tarquinius. She's dreaming of Collatinus. And, desiring him,
draws down Tarquinius.
And wakes to kiss again and...

(Lucretia wakes)

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