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1And upon the third day, when she had ended her prayer, she laid away her garments of service, and put on her glorious apparel. 2And being majestically adorned, after she had called upon the all-seeing God and savior, she took her two maids with her: 3and upon the one she leaned, as carrying herself delicately; 4and the other followed, bearing up her train. 5And she was ruddy through the perfection of her beauty, and her countenance was cheerful and right amiable: but her heart was in anguish for fear. 6Then having passed through all the doors, she stood before the king, who sat upon his royal throne, and was clothed with all his robes of majesty, all glittering with gold and precious stones; and he was very dreadful. 7Then lifting up his countenance that was flushed with glory, he looked upon her in fierce anger: and the queen fell down, and turned pale, and fainted, and she bowed herself upon the head of the maid that went before. 8Then God changed the spirit of the king into mildness, who in an agony leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms, till she came to herself again, and comforted her with soothing words, and said to her, 9Esther, what is the matter? I am your brother, be of good cheer: 10you shall not die, for #Or, the commandment is as well your as mine Gr. our commandment is common. our commandment is for our subjects: come near. 11So he held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon her neck, 12and embraced her, and said, Speak to me. 13Then said she to him, I saw you, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of your glory. 14For wonderful are you, my lord, and your countenance is full of grace. 15And as she was speaking, she fell down for faintness. 16Then the king was troubled, and all his servants comforted her. #Here follows Esther 5:3.
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