SALOMÉ: But he is terrible, he is terrible!
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Do not stay here, Princess, I beseech you.
SALOMÉ: It is his eyes above all that are terrible.
They are like black holes burned by torches in a Tyrian tapestry.
They are like black caverns where dragons dwell. They are like
the black caverns of Egypt in which the dragons make their lairs.
They are like black lakes troubled by fantastic moons .... Do
you think he will speak again?
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Do not stay here, Princess. I pray you do
not stay here.
SALOMÉ: How wasted he is! He is like a thin ivory statue.
He is like an image of silver. I am sure he is chaste as the
moon is. He is like a moonbeam, like a shaft of silver. His flesh
must be cool like ivory. I would look closer at him.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: No, no, Princess.
SALOMÉ: I must look at him closer.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Princess! Princess!
JOKANAAN: Who is this woman who is looking at me? I will not
have her look at me. Wherefore doth she look at me with her golden
eyes, under her guilded eyelids? I know not who she is. Bid her
begone. It is not to her that I would speak.
SALOMÉ: I am Salomé, daughter of Herodias, Princess
JOKANAAN: Back! Daughter of Babylon! Come not near the chosen
of the Lord. Thy mother hath filled the earth with the wine of
her iniquities, and the cry of her sins hath come up to the ears
SALOMÉ: Speak again, Jokanaan. Thy voice is wine to
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Princess! Princess! Princess!
SALOMÉ: Speak again! Speak again, Jokanaan, and tell
me what I must do.
JOKANAAN: Daughter of Sodom, come not near me! But cover they
face with a veil, and scatter ashes upon thine head, and get
thee to the desert and seek out the Son of Man.
SALOMÉ: Who is he, the Son of Man? Is he as beautiful
as thou art, Jokanaan?
JOKANAAN: Get thee behind me! I hear in the palace the beating
of the wings of the angel of death.
THE YOUNG SYRIAN: Princess, I beseech thee to go within.
JOKANAAN: Angel of the Lord God, what dost thou here with
thy sword? Whom seekest thou in this foul palace? The day of
him who shall die in a robe of silver has not yet come.
JOKANAAN: Who speaketh?
SALOMÉ: Jokanaan, I am amorous of they body! Thy body
is white like the lilies of a field that the mower hath never
mowed. Thy body is white like the snows that lie on the mountains,
like the snows that lie on the mountains of Judæa, and
come down into the valleys. The roses in the garden of the Queen
of Arabia are not so white as thy body. Neither the roses in
the garden of the Queen of Arabia, nor the feet of the dawn when
they light on the leaves, nor the breast of the moon when she
lies on the breast of the sea .... There is nothing in the world
so white as thy body. Let me touch thy body.
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