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[1273] O you who, after such a long time, saw fit to make your most happy journey and appear to me, [1275] do not, now that you have seen me in all my misery—

What should I not do?—

—Do not rob me of the comfort of your face; do not force me to forego it!

I would be angry, indeed, if I saw another attempt it.

You give your consent?

[1280] Why would I not?

My friends, I heard a voice that I could never have hoped to hear; nor could I have restrained my emotion in silence and without a cry, when I heard it.

[1285] ah, me! But now I have you. You have appeared with that dear face, which I could never, even in misery, forget.

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