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ORPHEE AUX ENFERS.

 

TABLEAU I.


EURYDICEA'S DEATH.

Country in the suburbs of Thebes.


SCENE I.

Eurydicea, gathering flowers.


I.

Woman that dreams
Sleeps not;
She rises
With the dawn.
Early flowers appear finer;
The meadows are embroidered;
But these flowers, who are they for?
You wish to know
For whom?
Say nothing of it to my spouse,
They are for the pretty shepherd
Who dwells there.


She goes near Aristee's cabin, and ornaments it with flowers.


II.

Every day thus I bring
To the gallant shepherd
Flowers which to his door
I place trembling,
And my poor heart palpitates
With tremulous bounds.
For whom does it thus beat?
For whom?
Say it not to my spouse,
They are for the pretty shepherd
Who dwells there.


She peeps through the door; in the meanwhile Orpheus appears; has a violin in his hand.