Then said the king unto her, What do you wish, queen Esther? and what is your request? it shall be even given you to the half of the kingdom.
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George Leo Haydock
Edict. Literally, "dogma "(Haydock) a word used in this sense, (Acts xv. 16.) and by Demosthenes (Tirinus)
Mourning. The most effectual means of redress, is to do works of penance for past transgressions, 1 Corinthians xi. 31. (Worthington)