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The Queen's Lament Followed by Her Conversation with the King

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The Queen's Lament Followed by Her Conversation with the King

This song (performed in the style of a lament) features utukkai drum and jalra (finger cymbal) accompaniment, followed by some lines of narrative dialogue.

Excerpt four is followed by an initial lament (not included here) and then a conversation between the queen and her husband, the king. In the conversation the king is gentle and understanding. He tries to calm the queen and he tells her they will raise the baby girl with love and see to her marriage at the proper age. He asks her not to cry. But the queen is inconsolable. The queen's second lament (except 5) follows. It is even more beautiful and "heart wrenching" than the first. After this song there is a short conversation between the queen and the king in which he again tries to console her and again tells her that together they will take good care of this little girl. After this excerpt the bard sings a standard song about how time continued to pass in the lovely country of Ponnivala, the country ruled by a just king.

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