THE YOUNG SYRIAN: I fear him not, Princess; there is no man
I fear. But the Tetrarch has formally forbidden that any man
should raise the cover of this well.
SALOMÉ: You will do this thing for me, Narraboth, and
to-morrow when I pass in my litter beneath the gateway of the
idol-sellers I will let fall for you a little flower, a little
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Princess, I cannot, I cannot.
SALOMÉ (smiling): You will do this thing for
me, Narraboth. You know that you will do this thing for me. And
to-morrow when I pass in my litter by the bridge of the idol-buyers,
I will look at you through the muslin veils, I will look at you,
Narraboth, it may be I will smile at you. Look at me, Narraboth,
look at me. Ah! you know that you will do what I ask of you.
You know it well .... I know that you will do this thing.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN (signalling the third soldier): Let
the prophet come forth .... The Princess Salomé desires
to see him.
THE PAGE OF HERODIAS: Oh! How strange the moon looks. You
would think it was the hand of a dead woman who is seeking to
cover herself with a shroud.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: She has a strange look! She is like a little
princess, whose eyes are eyes of amber. Through the clouds of
muslin she is smiling like a little princess.
The prophet comes out of the cistern. SALOMÉ looks
at him and steps slowly back.
JOKANAAN: Where is he whose cup of abominations is now full?
Where is he, who in a robe of silver shall one day die in the
face of all the people? Bid him come forth, that he may hear
the voice of him who had cried in the waste places and in the
houses of kings.
SALOMÉ: Of whom is he speaking?
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: You never can tell, Princess.
JOKANAAN: Where is she who, having seen the images of men
painted on the walls, the images of the Chaldeans limned in colours,
gave herself up unto the lust of her eyes, and sent ambassadors
SALOMÉ: It is of my mother that he speaks.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Oh, no, Princess.
SALOMÉ: Yes, it is of my mother that he speaks.
JOKANAAN: Where is she who gave herself unto the Captains
of Assyria, who have baldricks on their loins, and tiaras of
divers coulours on their heads? Where is she who hath given herself
to the young men of Egypt, who are clothed in fine linen and
purple, whose shields are of gold, whose helmets are of silver,
whose bodies are mighty? Bid her rise up from the bed of her
abominations, from the bed of her incestuousness, that she may
hear the words of him who prepareth the way of the Lord, that
she may repent of her iniquities. Though she will never repent,
but will stick fast in her abominations; bid her come, for the
fan of the Lord is in His hand.
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