THE plot of Gluek's Opera Orpheus and Eurydice is, briefly, this :-Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus, is dead. The sorrowing husband is allowed to descend into Hades and bring her back, but he must not, in doing so, look on her face. He finds her, and bids her follow him. She, not understanding his averted look, thinks that he no longer loves her, and weeps so that he forgets his vow, and shows his love in one glance. She falls dead. In the first portion of the music now to be played we have the touching air in which the broken-hearted husband pours out his sore grief. In the end, the God of Love, touched by his distress, again restores to him his Eurydice.
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