Words from the Opera — When horror breaks one heart, all hearts are broken

Balstrode:
We’ll find him, maybe give a hand.

Ellen:
We have no power to help him now.

Balstrode:
We have the power. We have the power.
In the black moment
When your friend suffers
Unearthly torment
We cannot turn our backs.
When horror breaks one heart
All hearts are broken.

From the opera “Peter Grimes“ op. 33 (premiered 1945)
Composer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Librettist: Montagu Slater
From the poem by George Crabbe (1754-1832)

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