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SCENE V
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Ursula's cottage.

Ursula (Looking through open door)
  Who is it coming under the trees?
A man in the Prince's livery dressed!
He fills my heart with strange alarm!

Enter a Forester.

Forester
  Is this the tenant Gottlieb's farm?
Ursula
  This is his farm and I his wife.
Forester
  News from the Prince!
Ursula
  Of death or life?
Forester
  Your daughter lives, and the Prince is well.
You will learn, ere long, how it all befell.
Her heart for a moment never failed:
But when they reached Salerno's gate,
The Prince's nobler self prevailed,
And saved her for a nobler fate.

Ursula
  If the loud cry of a mother's heart
Can ever ascend to where thou art,
Into thy blessed hands and holy,
Receive my prayer of praise and thanksgiving,
Our child who was dead again is living.

O bring me to her; for mine eyes
Are hungry to behold her face;
My very soul within me cries;
My very hands seem to caress her,
To see her, gaze at her, and bless her;
Dear Elsie, child of God and grace,
Elsie, child of God and grace.

Virgin, who lovest the poor and lowly,
Receive my prayer of praise and thanksgiving,
Our child who was dead again is living.


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