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You must know then, that it was said to be his own child. But your lady within could say best how these matters lie.

How? Did she give it to you?

Yes, my lord.

For what purpose?

That I should do away with it.

[1175] Her own child, the wretched woman?

Yes, from fear of the evil prophecies.

What were they?

The tale ran that he would slay his father.

Why, then, did you give him to this old man?

Out of pity, master, thinking that he would carry him to another land, from where he himself came. But he saved him for the direst woe. [1180] For if you are what this man says, be certain that you were born ill-fated.

Oh, oh! All brought to pass, all true. Light, may I now look on you for the last time—I who have been found to be accursed in birth, [1185] accursed in wedlock, accursed in the shedding of blood.He rushes into the palace.

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