Aegisthus, Chorus 5 and Clytemnestra

from by David Avidor and Nicole V. Gagné

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AEGISTHUS, CHORUS 5 AND CLYTEMNESTRA

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Arto Lindsay - Aegisthus - voice, electric guitar, percussion
Ned Sublette - Chorus 5 - voice, radio
Vera Beren - Clytemnestra - voice
David Avidor - Emax, synthesizers, tape
Nicole V. Gagné - voice, found objects


AEGISTHUS
o daye of joy

the cruel Gods the judges
long agoe decreed this triumphant victory and conquest

Agamemnon sent to hell
proud Atreus sonne his destenie clong about him

Atreus who put in exile my father
and when Thiest returnd
he was haled out to the great preparation of suffring

my father stomacke stoute with sonnes
in greattest greefe cursed this house

now from farre out beyond this land I am returnd
to wrap this hawty king in hiddeous holde of death


CHORUS 5
the breeder of this broyle come belching out new bathde in bloude


AEGISTHUS
olde men
the subtil science of the law you doe not understand
yron boults and chaynes the counsell of payne
wil make you wyse


CHORUS 5
Aegist engroceth castels got by fornication
hee who both is to his sister sonne and brother


AEGISTHUS
thyne elvish prating stay
I am of Phoebus borne I do not shame
those wordes so cranke in misery will haunt you


CHORUS 5
what Agamemnon new is this whom shee hast got of late
with a doubtfull blade in his shivering hand


AEGISTHUS
through being clapt in prison strong
and suffring famyne faynt
truculent men are compeld to yeelde


CHORUS 5
the Furies shall move her sonne to bloude

Orestes now bee boulde
you are the onely helpe wee have


AEGISTHUS
to fyre and sword appeale
lay hands sirs on this rabblement of wretches


CHORUS 5
swerd and buckler very well this hand shall doe the deede


AEGISTHUS
on sword
this strong hearted sire feares not death


CHORUS 5
death you preach and death you shall receave


CLYTEMNESTRA
Aegist my love no
doe not move us all to desprat moode agayn

consyder these calamityes wee have reapt
and eake the cares to come

neede wee to worke more woe uppon the world to day

let us returne now to our homes
all of us

wee did but what wee had to do
weary and batred downe as wee are
under these hard destinies
please God they are stayde at last

go home every one


AEGISTHUS
those malicious men geven to scorne
picke a quarrel with theyr king


CHORUS 5
I will not take this bloudy tyrauntes hand


AEGISTHUS
yet hast thou not layde thy lips
no pardon wil there be in my jurisdiction


CHORUS 5
delight and rampe about
with the honor of the crowne whose brute abrode doth growe
whilst you can

but in thy roaring noyse make hast thy selfe to save


AEGISTHUS
thou easest feare by fickle hope

you sal pay puft up men


CHORUS 5
Orest on you shall also light revenge his fathers death
depryve with swerd th'adulterour and mother both of breath

this poore Orest such kinde of theft is piety in deede


CLYTEMNESTRA
rough and thundring threats all wynd and ayre

forget them dearest

now that wee rule throughout Micoena land
we shall keepe a meane therin and set it ryght

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from AGAMEMNON, released September 26, 2012

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