Esther

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Language: French
Wordcount: 28,410 / 101 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,889
Added to site: 2005.05.08
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Genre: Drama

Introduction, notes and appendices in English - Edited by I.H.B. Spiers

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La scène est à Suse, dans le palais d'Assuérus.


ESTHER.

ACTE PREMIER.

(_Le théatre représente l'appartement d'Esther_.)


SCÈNE I.

ESTHER, ÉLISE.

ESTHER.

Est-ce toi, chere Élise? O jour trois fois heureux! Que béni soit le del qui te rend à ines voeux, Toi qui de Benjamin comme moi descendue, Fus de mes premiers ans la compagne assidue, Et qui, d'un même joug souffrant l'oppression, 5 M'aidais à soupirer les malheurs de Sion. Combien ce temps encore est cher à ma mémoire! Mais toi, de ton Esther ignorais-tu la gloire? Depuis plus de six mois que je te fais chercher, Quel climat, quel désert a donc pu te cacher? 10

ELISE.

Au bruit de votre mort justement éplorée, Du reste des humains je vivais séparée, Et de mes tristes jours n'attendais que la fin, Quand tout à coup, Madame, un prophète divin: «C'est pleurer trop longtemps une mort qui t'abuse, 15 Lève-toi, m'a-t-il dit, prends ton chemin

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