SECOND NAZARENE: There is also the miracle of the daughter
FIRST NAZARENE: Yes, that is sure. No man can gainsay it.
HERODIAS: These men are mad. They have looked too long on
the moon. Command them to be silent.
HEROD: What is this miracle of the daughter of Jairus?
FIRST NAZARENE: The daughter of Jairus was dead. He raised
her from the dead.
HEROD: He raises the dead?
FIRST NAZARENE: Yea, sire, He raiseth the dead.
HEROD: I do not wish Him to do that. I forbid Him to do that.
I allow no man to raise the dead. This Man must be found and
told that I forbid Him to raise the dead. Where is this Man at
SECOND NAZARENE: He is in every place, my lord, but it is
hard to find Him.
FIRST NAZARENE: It is said that he is now in Samaria.
A JEW: It is easy to see that this is not Messias, if He is
in Samaria. It is not to the Samaritans that Messias shall come.
The Samaritans are accursed. They bring no offerings to the Temple.
SECOND NAZARENE: He left Samaria a few days since. I think
that at the present moment He is in the neighborhood of Jerusalem.
FIRST NAZARENE: No, he is not there. I have just come from
Jerusalem. For two months they have had no tidings of him.
HEROD: No matter! But let them find Him, and tell Him from
me, I will not allow him to raise the dead! To change water into
wine, to heal the lepers and the blind .... He may do these things
if He will. I say nothing against these things. In truth I hold
it a good deed to help a leper. But I allow no man to raise the
dead. It would be terrible if the dead came back.
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN: Ah, the wanton! The harlot! Ah! the
daughter of Babylon with her golden eyes and her gilded eyelids!
Thus saith the Lord God, Let there come against her a multitude
of men. Let the people take stones and stone her....
HERODIAS: Command him to be silent.
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN: Let the war captains pierce her with
their swords, let them crush her beneath their shields.
HERODIAS: Nay, but it is infamous.
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN: It is thus that I will wipe out all
wickedness from the earth, and that all women shall learn not
to imitate her abominations.
HERODIAS: You hear what he says against me? You allow him
to revile your wife?
HEROD: He did not speak your name.
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