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The Great God Pan: An Opera in Two Acts (The Workshop Versions)

The First Fragment

Matt Peckham
Ross Michael Crean


"The First Fragment" is Clarke's aria from Ross Crean's opera, "The Great God Pan", based of off Arthur Machen's iconic horror novella. Here, Clarke describes in his letter to Raymond, the demise of Helen and the aftereffects of the event. Sung by Matt Peckham, Tenor. Piano accompaniment by John Cockerill. 

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Whether science would benefit
From this account, I'd rather doubt it.
You see, Doctor Raymond,
I should not say what I saw that night.
In Death, she lay like ink,
All black and formless,
Changing from form to form,
Sex to sex,
Then to beasts from which it ascended.
That same form, which laid
In those same silent fields of wildflowers,
Which held Rachel's virginal hand.

Twas not lovely Mary,
But in her last breath,
Mary's eyes looked into mine.

This is my final chapter
Of my Memoir to Prove the Existence of the Devil,
And I've succeeded.
...and I've succeeded.