HERODIAS: I will not have her dance.
SALOMÉ: I will dance for you, Tetrarch.
HEROD: You hear what your daughter says. She is going to dance
for me. You do well to dance for me, Salomé. And when
you have danced for me, forget not to ask of me whatsoever you
wish. Whatsoever you wish I will give it you, even to the half
of my kingdom. I have sworn it, have I not?
SALOMÉ: You have sworn it, Tetrarch.
HEROD: And I have never broken my word. I am not of those
who break their oaths. I know not how to lie. I am the slave
of my word, and my word is the word of a king. The King of Cappadocia
always lies, but he is no true king. He is a coward. Also he
owes me money that he will not repay. He has even insulted my
ambassadors. He has spoken words that were wounding. But Cæsar
will crucify him when he comes to Rome. I am sure that Cæsar
will crucify him. And if not, yet he will die, being eaten of
worms. The prophet has prophesied it. Well! wherefore dost thou
SALOMÉ: I am waiting until my slaves bring perfumes
to me and the seven veils, and take off my sandals. (Slaves
bring perfumes and the seven veils, and take off the sandals
HEROD: Ah, you are going to dance with naked feet. 'Tis well!
'Tis well. Your little feet will be like white doves. They will
be like little white flowers that dance upon the trees. ....
No, no she is going to dance on blood. There is blood spilt on
the ground. She must not dance on blood. It were an evil omen.
HERODIAS: What is it to you if she dance on blood? Thou hast
waded deep enought therein....
HEROD: What is it to me? Ah! Look at the moon! She has become
red. She has become red as blood. Ah! the prophet prophesied
truly. He prophesied that the moon would become red as blood.
Did he not prophesy it? All of you heard him. And now the moon
has become red as blood. Do ye not see it?
HERODIAS: Oh, yes, I see it well, and the stars are falling
like ripe figs, are they not? And the sun is becoming black like
sackcloth of hair, and the kings of the earth are afraid. That
at least one can see. The prophet, for once in his life, was
right; the kings of the earth are afraid .... Let us go within.
You are sick. They will say at Rome that you are mad. Let us
go within, I tell you.
THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN: Who is this who cometh from Edom, who
is this who cometh from Bozra, whose raimant is dyed with purple,
who shineth in the beauty of his garments, who walketh mighty
in his greatness? Wherefore is thy raimant stained with scarlet?
HERODIAS: Let us go within. The voice of that man maddens
me. I will not have my daughter dance while he is continually
crying out. I will not have her dance while you look at her in
this fashion. In a word I will not have her dance.
HEROD: Do not rise, my wife, my queen, it will avail thee
nothing. I will not go within till she hath danced. Dance, Salomé,
dance for me.
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