GOTTLIEB.IT is decided! For many days,
|And nights as many, we have had|
|A nameless terror in our breast,|
|Making us timid, and afraid|
|Of God, and his mysterious ways!|| 5|
|We have been sorrowful and sad;|
|Much have we suffered, much have prayed|
|That he would lead us as is best,|
|And show us what his will required.|
|It is decided; and we give|| 10|
|Our child, O Prince, that you may live!|
URSULA.It is of God. He has inspired
|This purpose in her; and through pain,|
|Out of a world of sin and woe,|
|He takes her to Himself again.|| 15|
|The mothers heart resists no longer;|
|With the Angel of the Lord in vain|
|It wrestled, for he was the stronger.|
GOTTLIEB.As Abraham offered long ago
|His son unto the Lord, and even|| 20|
|The Everlasting Father in heaven|
|Gave his, as a lamb unto the slaughter,|
|So do I offer up my daughter!|
URSULA hides her face.
ELSIE. My life is little,
| Only a cup of water,|| 25|
| But pure and limpid.|
| Take it, O my Prince!|
| Let it refresh you,|
| Let it restore you.|
| It is given willingly,|| 30|
| It is given freely;|
| May God bless the gift!|
PRINCE HENRY.And the giver!
PRINCE HENRY.I accept it!
GOTTLIEB.Where are the children?
URSULA.They are already asleep.
GOTTLIEB.What if they were dead?