Here are two Arias from The Passion of Drury Doyle—an opera about the more infamous aspects of the career of John Brown. The first is called “Mahala Doyle's Lament” and is based on sworn testimony left by the real Mahala Doyle. In the testimony she describes the murder of her husband and two oldest sons committed by John Brown and his two oldest sons on Pottawattamie creek in the heat of the Kansas Troubles in 1857. The second aria is called “If There are Souls.” The lyrics for this aria come from Stephen Vincent Benet's book “John Brown's Body.”
Mahala Doyle's Lament:
If There are Souls
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