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Since Nixon in China is the featured article today at the Wikipedia—and since George McGovern just passed away—

I love the whole opera, but Act 1, Scene 1 is arguably my favorite part. Nixon’s opening aria (see 13:30 in)—

News has a kind of mystery;
When I shook hands with Chou En-lai
On this bare field outside Peking
Just now, the whole world was listening.

And though we spoke quietly
The eyes and ears of history
Caught every gesture
And every word, transforming us
As we, transfixed
Made history.

Very beautiful.

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