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COLOMBE'S BIRTHDAY. 1844. ACT I. MORNING. SCENE--A corridor leading to the Audience-chamber. GAUCELME, CLUGNET, MAUFROY and other Courtiers,round GUIBERT,who is silently reading a paper: as he drops it at the end-- Guibert. That this should be her birthday; and the day We all invested her, twelve months ago, As the late Duke's true heiress and our liege; And that this also must become the day... Oh, miserable lady ! 1st Courtier. Ay, indeed? 2nd Courtier. Well, Guibert? 3rd Courtier. But your news, my friend, your news! The sooner, friend, one learns Prince Berthold's pleasure, 76 COLOMBE'S BIRTHDAY ACT I The better for us all: how writes the Prince? Give me! I'll read it for the common good. Guibert. In time, Sir,--but till time comes, pardon me! Our Old Duke just disclosed his child's retreat, Declared her true succession to his rule, And died: this birthday was the da . . .
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