Angel Fighter (2010)
Chorus...Two fallsto the Angel.See how it rewards the blasphemer!(Having conceded the second fall, Jacob wrestles a third time)AngelMy swan wingsbeat the body blue,I chew youto the rind.Then I slink beneath the cypress treeto watch the vulturedine.JacobGod feel me struggle – I clamp you to my chest,I cling like the babyclings to the mother's breast.AngelI will bring you down!I will bring you down,all airs and wings and crest.I will bring you down to earth,to prove that I am blest.ChorusThe night is endingand no one wins.Our champion holds his ownwith the angel.AngelLet me go!Day is breaking!I cannot wrestle.in the light!I'll wrench your hipfrom its socket.Let me goor I must destroy you!JacobI will not let you gountil I have your blessing!(Jacob screams in pain as his hip is wrenched from his socket)JacobAi-o!Ai-o!Ai-o!Ai-o!Ai-o!ChorusFoul blow!The Angel fights foul!Because he cannot win!(Jacob still holds the Angel fast)ChorusHe limps!His hip is broken!But still he clings on!JacobI will not let you gountil I have your blessing!...
from the libretto by Stephen Plaice © 2009
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