BESS
I loves you, Porgy,
Don' let him take me,
Don' let him handle me an' drive me mad.
If you kin keep me,
I wants to stay here wid you forever,
An' I'd be glad.

PORGY
There, there, Bess, you don' need to be afraid no mo',
You's picked up happiness and laid yo' worries down.
You goin' to live easy, you goin' to live high.
You goin' to outshine every woman in dis town.
An' remember, when Crown come that's my business, Bess!
 

BESS
I loves you, Porgy,
Don' let him take me
Don' let him handle me
With his hot han'
If you kin keep me
I wants to stay here wid you forever.
I got my man.

PORGY
What you think I is, anyway,
To let dat dirty houn' dog steal my woman?
If you wants to stay wid Porgy, you goin' stay.
You got a home now, Honey, an' you got love.
So no mo' cryin', can't you understan'?
You goin' to go about yo' business, singin' 'cause
You got Porgy, you got a man.
 
 

(Clara enters)
MARIA
Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?
You got no cause to worry 'bout yo' man.
Dis goin' be a fine dаy.

CLARA
I never see de water look so black.
It sits there waitin', holdin' its breath,
list'nin' for dat hurricane bell.

MARIA
Hurricane bell! Lawd chile, dere ain' goin' be no hurricane.
I's gettin' ole now an' I ain' hear dat bell
but fo' time in my life.
Go 'long to de baby now an' quiet down.
(The wind rises. Heads appear at windows and faces show
terror. People pass, shouting warnings. The deep ominous
clang of a bell is heard. It keeps striking. Wind increases-
clouds deepen - People from court move about in terror.)

CLARA
(Falling in a faint)
Jake! Jake!

Opona

Dějství 2. - scéna 4.

SERENA'S ROOM. STORM.
(Everyone huddles in fear from the tremendous storm
outside. They try to drown out the storm with singing.)
 
 

SECOND SOPRANO SOL
On, Doctor Jesus, look down on me wit' pity.
Put Yo' lovin' arms thru de roof of dis house
an' lif' me to Yo' bosom till de storm is over.
Oh, Doctor Jesus, look down on me
Why is You angry wit' dis po' sinner?
Why is You cryin' dose tears,
an' mumblin' dat thunder
When I ain' got nuthin' but rev'rence in me heart for you,
Lawd.
Oh, Doctor Jesus, look down on me.
If You is lookin' down on me wit' disfavor
I ain' know what to do
'cause if worshippin' You ain' stoppin' dose tears an' dat
thunder,
Lawd, I ain' know jes' what to do, Lawd.
Oh, Doctor Jesus, look down on me I's beseechin' You
to look down on me wit' pity
an' I's hopin' You's about to put Yo' lovin' arms
thru de roof of dis house an lif' me to Yo' bosom, Amen...

TENOR SOLO
Oh, Lawd above, we knows You can destroy,
But we also knows You can raise,
an' we's beseechin' You to raise Yo' fallen chillen.
Oh, Lawd above, You got de pow'r to feed us,
You got the pow'r to clothe us,
an' You can lead us out of de wilderness.
Yes Lawd, but we's not hungry now, an' we's got clo'es,
but we is askin' You to lead us out of de wilderness.
Oh, Lawd above, lead us out of de wilderness, into de
Golden Meadows an' de Silvery Streams.
Oh, Lawd above, we know You can destroy,
but we knows You can raise, too,
an' we's askin' You for Yo' assistance in dis time of storm;
an' thunder an' lightnin'.
Oh, Lawd above, we warrants Yo' assistance
an' we's beseechin' You to raise Yo' fallen chillen, Amen...

FIRST SOPRANO SOLO
Oh, Hev'nly Father, hab mercy on we,
look down wit' grace an' sympathy,
You whose po'chillen we is, show we how
You can protect Yo'chillen when dey is deserving.
Oh, Hev'nly Father, hab mercy on we
when de clouds an' de storms start raisin' hell upon dis earth.
We knows dat You can fix' em,
'cause You is de great fixer
Oh my Father fix dat Satan,
Tie up his hands an' his feet
An' t'row him back where he belong.
Oh, Hev'nly Father, hab mercy on we, 'cause we is Yo'
deservin' chillen. Amen.
Oh, Hev'nly Father, hab mercy on we wit' grace an ' sympathy
an' understandin' of which we knows You got plenty.
Oh, my Lawd, Amen.

ALTO SOLO
Professor Jesus, teach Yo' ignorant chillen
how to combat de fires an' torments
of dat black visitation from below.
We leans on You Professor Jesus, what die on Calbery.
Dispense Yo' blessings on Yo' needful
An' Yo' grateful followers.
Cast away dose black clouds an' de darkness
an' show we de golden sunshine gleaming once again.
Professor Jesus, teach yo' ignorant chillen, cast away dose
black clouds etc.,
An' show we de golden sunshine
Shin' on de fields an' de meadows
an' de mountains an' de plains, Amen.

FIRST BASS SOLO
Oh, Captain Jesus, find it in Yo' heart to save us,
I's given You six chillen to add to Yo' legions,
my po' wife is now wid You three year dis October,
Oh, Captain Jesus, but we is seven left to tell
Dat Satan man where he get off at.
We has all lived sweetly an' sweetly
We is willin' to die for You.
Oh, Captain Jesus, we knows how sweetly You treats
Yo' soldiers, when You opens the gates for dem.
Oh, Captain Jesus, find it in Yo' heart
To save us worshippers
'Cause there is no truer followers of de Lawd
Den what's prayin' to You now.
Oh, Captain Jesus, we has all lived sweetly an' sweetly
We is willin' to die for You, Amen.

SECOND BASS SOLO
Oh, Father, what die on Calbery, we's dependin' on You
we's leanin' on You to ease the rocky way,
we's been trablin' de straight an' narrow path
Dat ends in glory.
Oh, Father, what die on Calbery, darkness has descended,
we all knows it's temporary, Lawd,
but' de sooner it disappears, de sooner we gets goin' to You,
Lawd.
Oh, Father, what die on Calbery,
maybe we is po' misable sinners,
but we certainly tries all de live long day
to follow Yo' teachings.

Lawd, Oh, Father, if we ain' been doin jus' what You is
wishin' us to do
it ain' because we ain' been tryin',
'Cause we is been tryin' to follow Yo' sacred teachin's
all de live long day, Amen.
 

CHORUS
Lawd, hab mercy.

ALL
Oh, de Lawd shake de Heavens an' de Lawd rock de groun'
Ah - An' where you goin' stand, my brudder an' my sister,
When de sky come atumblin' down.
Oh, de sun goin' to rise in de wes'

MAN
My Jesus.

ALL
An' de moon goin' to set in de sea -

WOMAN
My Saviour.

ALL
An' de stars goin' to bow befo' my Lawd, bow down befo'
My Lawd Who died on Calvarie.

Oh, de Lawd raise de water an' de hypocrite drown
An' where you goin' stand, etc.

PORGY
Clara, come sing wid us, sister, ain' you know, song make
you forget yo' trouble. An' lif' up dat burden of sorrow
offen yo' heart.

CLARA
I 'mos' lose my mind wid yo' singing only dat one song
over an' over since daylight yesterday.

SERENA
We got to be ready singin' praises to de Lawd when Gabriel
soun' dat trumpet an' de graveya'ds spew up de dead.

SPORTING LIFE
We had storm befo', I ain't so sure this is Judgment Day.

SERENA
Well, anyhow, it ain' no time fo' takin' no chances.
 
 

(There is a sudden burst of wind, lightning and thunder)

CLARA
(holding her baby close)
One of dese mornings you goin' to rise up singin',
Den you'll spread yo wings an' you'll take de sky,
But till dat morning dere's a nothin' can harm you

Wid Daddy an' Mammy standin' by.

CHORUS
Lawd hab mercy on our soul.
 
 

Oh, de sun goin' to rise in de wes' etc.

PORGY
What make you so still, Bess,
You ain' sayin' nuttin'
You ain' afraid, is you Honey?

BESS
I jus' thinkin', an' you know what I's thinkin' about?

PORGY
You's thinkin' what dis storm mus' be like
atramplin' over de sea islands,
Dese waves mus' be runnin' clean across Kittiwah.
Ain' nobody could live on dat damn island in a storm like dis.

BESS
I guess you got me for keeps, Porgy.

PORGY
Ain'I tell you dat all along?
 
 

(Lightning flash and the roar of storm drown out singing.
There is fearful screaming and shouting)
 

ALL
Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do',
Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do',

Oh, Mary, Oh, Marta, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'.
Oh, dere's somebody etc.

PETER
I hear Death knockin' at de do'.

LILY
What you say, Daddy Peter?

PETER
I hear Death knockin' at de do'.

LILY
It mus' be death or Peter can't hear 'im. He can't hear no
livin' pusson.

MINGO
He ain't hear nuttin', ain' nobody knock.

PETER
Death knockin' at de do'.

MARIA
Open de do', Mingo, an' show Peter dere ain' nobody dere.

MINGO
Open um up yo'self.

MARIA
All right, I'll show you.
(Suddenly - several sharp knocks on door. Cries of terror.
More knocks - the door shakes violently. Men leaning
against it)

WOMAN
Dat ain' no use, if he's Death, he comin anyway.

MARIA
Oh, Gawd, Gawd, don't let 'im in.
 

(The door slowly gives way inward, pushing men back. Wind,
shrieks, prayers, men fall back. Crown enters)

CROWN
You is a nice parcel of Christians! Shut a friend out in a
storm like dis!

SERENA
Who' frien' is you?

CROWN
I's yo' frien', Sister.
(Sees Bess)
Oh, here's de woman I's lookin' fo'.
Why you ain' come an'
say hello to yo' man?

BESS
You ain't my man!

CROWN
It's sho' time I was comin' back for you, sweet Bess! You
ain't done much for yo'self while I been gone. Ain' dere
no whole ones left?

BESS
You keep yo' mouth off Porgy.

CROWN
Woman, do you want to meet yo' Gawd? Come here!

BESS
Porgy my man now!

CROWN
(Laughs)
Well, for Gawd sake, does you call dat a man? Well don' you
min', I got de forgivin' nature an' I goin' take you back.
(He grabs Bess. Porgy rises to defend her,
but Crown throws him back to the floor)

PORGY
Turn dat woman loose!

BESS
Keep yo' han' off me.

SERENA
You bes' behave yo'self in dis sturm! Don' you know, Gawd
might strike you dead!

CROWN
If Gawd want to kill me, He had plenty of chance 'tween here
an' Kittiwah Island. Me an' Him havin' it out all de way from
Kittiwah, firs' Him on top, den me on top. There ain' nothin'
He likes better den a scrap wid a man. Gawd an' me is frien'!

(Thunder)

Hear dat? Gawd's laughin' at you!

(Excited ad libs)

WOMAN
(On knees)
Oh, de Lawd shake de Heavens an' de Lawd ruck de groun'
 

ALL
Ah, ah, ah,
An' where you goin' stan', my brudder an' my sister,
when de sky come tumblin' down, etc.
 

CROWN
Here, cut dat out! Stop it!
I didn't come all the way from Kittiwah
to sit up wid no corpses.
Dem dat is in such a hurry to meet de Judgement,
All dey gots to do is kiss dereselves goodbye
an' step out dat door.
Daddy Peter, here's yo' chance.
De Jim-crow's leavin' an' you don' need no ticket.
(To Serena)
How about you, ole lady? What, dere ain'no travellers?
Don' you hear Gawd a'mighty laughin' at you?
Dat's right, Gawd laugh an' Crown laugh back.
 

Ha, ha, ha, ha Dat s right, drown em out,
don let em sing. Ha, ha, ha, ha!
How 'bout dis one, Big Frien'?