- Alquist's final monologue, after seeing Primus and Helena fall in love.
O Nature, life will not perish! Friends, Helena, life will not perish! It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to it all that we did and built will mean nothing — our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish! Only we have perished. Our houses and machines will be in ruins, our systems will collapse, and the names of our great will fall away like dry leaves. Only you, love, will blossom on this rubbish heap and commit the seed of life to the winds. Now let thy servant depart in peace, O Lord, for my eyes have beheld - have beheld Thy deliverance through love, and life will not perish! (standing) It shall not perish! (stretches out hands) Not perish!