The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt quotes

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Rameses


God: [whispering] Moses...
Moses: Here I am.
God: Take the sandals from your feet, Moses, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.
Moses: Who are you?
God: I am that I am.
Moses: I don't understand.
God: I am the God of your ancestors, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
Miriam: [disembodied] You are born of our mother Yocheved! You are our brother!
[Moses quickly removes his sandals and throws them behind him]
Moses: What do you want with me?
God: I have seen the oppression of my people in Egypt, and have heard their cry. [sounds of screams and cracking whips] So I shall stretch forth my hand, and lead them out of Egypt, into a good land. A land flowing with milk and honey. And so, unto Pharaoh, I shall send... you.
Moses: Me? W-who am I to lead these people? They'll never believe me, they won't even listen!
God: I shall be with you, and teach you what to say. [disembodied] Let my people go!
Moses: But I was their enemy. I was the prince of Egypt, the son of the man who slaughtered... their children! You've chosen the wrong messenger! H-how can I even speak to these people?
God: Who made man's mouth? Who made the deaf, the mute, the seeing, or the blind? Did not I? Now go!
[Moses falls to the ground, cowering]
God: [soothing, lifting Moses up] Oh, Moses, I shall be with you when you go to the king of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not listen. So I will stretch out my hand and smite Egypt with all my wonders! Take the staff in your hand, Moses. With it, you shall do my wonders! [whispering] I will be with you, Moses.


[After Rameses and Moses have wrecked the statues]
Seti: Why do the gods torment me with such reckless, destructive, blasphemous sons?
Rameses: Father, hear what I say...
Seti: Be still, Pharaoh speaks. I seek to build an empire, and your only goal is to amuse yourselves by tearing it down. Have I taught you nothing?
Hotep: You mustn't be so hard on yourself, Your Majesty. You're an excellent teacher.
Huy: It's not you fault your sons learned nothing.
Hotep: Well, they learned blasphemy.
Huy: True. [They both leave]
Moses: Father, the fault was mine: I goaded Rameses on, and so I am responsible.
Seti: Responsible. And do you know the meaning of that word, Rameses?
Rameses: I understand, Father.
Seti: And do you understand the task from which your birth has destined you? The ancient traditions: when I pass into the next world, then you will be the morning and the evening star.
Rameses: One damaged temple does not destroy centuries of tradition.
Seti: But one weak link can break the chain of a mighty dynasty!
[The Queen relieves him]
Seti: You have my leave to go.
Rameses: Father...
[The Queen stops him and he leaves, offended]
Moses: Father, you know it was really my fault. Must you be so hard on him?
Seti: Moses, you will never have to carry a burden like the crown I will pass to Rameses. He must not allow himself to be lead astray, not even by you, my son.
Moses: All he cares about is... is your approval. I know he will lift up to your expectations. He only needs the opportunity.
Seti: Maybe, maybe so. Go now, I shall see you both tonight.

Miriam: Moses, hear what I say. I've been a slave all my life. And God has never answered my prayers until now. God saved you from the river, He saved you in all your wanderings, and even now, he saves you from the wrath of Pharaoh. God will not abandon you. So don't you abandon us.

Moses: [singing] Once I called you brother. Once I fought the chance to make you laugh. It's all I ever wanted. And even now, I wished that God had chose another, serving as your foe on his behalf. It's the last thing that I wanted. This was my home. All this pain and devastation, how it tortures me inside. All the innocent who suffer from your stubbornness and pride. You who I called brother. Why must you call down another blow?
Chorus: [singing] I send my scourge, I sent my sword.
Moses: [singing] Let my people go.
Chorus: [singing] Thus saith the Lord.
Moses, Chorus: [singing] Thus saint the Lord.
Rameses: [singing] You who I called brother. How could you have come to hate me so? I this what you wanted?
Chorus: [singing] I send the swarm, I send the hoard.
Rameses: [singing] Then let my heart be hardened, and never mind how high the cost may grow. This may still be so: I will never let your people go.

Moses: No kingdom should be made on the backs of slaves. Rameses, your stubbornness is bringing this misery upon Egypt. It would cease if you would only let the Hebrews go.
Rameses: I will not be dictated to, I will not be threatened. I am the morning and the evening star, I am Pharaoh!
Moses: Something else is coming, something much worse than anything before. Please, let go of your contempt for life before it destroys everthing you hold dear! Think of your son!
Rameses: I do. You Hebrews have been nothing but trouble. My father had the right idea about how to deal with your people, and it's time I finish the job. And there shall be a great cry in all of Egypt, such as never has been or ever will be again!
Moses: Rameses, you bring this upon yourself.

Seti: Sometimes, for the greater good, sacrifices must be made.

God: With this staff, you shall do my wonders.

Moses: Rameses?
Rameses: Let me guess. You want me to... let your people go.
Moses: I... hoped I might find you here.
Rameses: Get out! [throws a bowl at him]
Moses: Ramses, we must bring this to an end. [pause] Come on, talk to me. We could always talk here. [pause] This place... so many memories... I remember the time you... [chuckles] switched the heads of the gods in the Temple of Ra.
Rameses: If I recall correctly, you were there switching heads right along with me.
Moses: No, that was you, I didn't do that.
Rameses: Yes you did. You put the hippo on the crocodile and the crocodile...
Moses: [remembers] ...on the falcon.
Rameses: Yes! And the priests thought it was a horrible omen and fasted for two months! Father was furious! You were always getting me into trouble! [pauses and smiles] But then... you were always there to get me... out of trouble again. Why can't things be the way they were before?

Aaron: Miriam, do you want us flogged?

Moses: Is this where you found me?
Queen: Moses, please try to understand.
Moses: So everything I thought, everything I am, is a lie.
Queen: No! You are our son and we love you.
Moses: Why did you choose me?
Queen: We didn't, Moses. The gods did.

Hotep: So you think you've got friends in high places, with the power to put us on the run. [he vanishes]
Huy: Well, forgive us these smiles on our faces. You'll know what power is when we are done, son...

Tzipporah: Look. Look at your people, Moses. They are free.

Aaron: So, Moses, how does it feel when you get struck to the ground?
Moses: I didn't need to cause you more pain. I'm just trying to do as God told me.
Aaron: God? When did God start caring about any of us? In fact, Moses, when did you start caring about slaves? Was it when you found out that you were one of us?

Moses: I figured it out, you know what your problem is, Rameses, you care too much.
Rameses: And your problem is that you don't care at all.
Moses: Well, in that case, I supposed that you do care more than I do that we're... late for the banquet, for example.
Rameses: I'm done for, Father will kill me!
Moses: Don't worry, nobody will ever notice us coming in.
Rameses: [They enter and the entire crowd sees them and cheers loudly] Nobody will ever notice.

Moses: Hey, Ramses! How'd you like to have your face carved on a wall?
Rameses: Someday, yes.
Moses: How about now?! [pushes him into wall]