Salomé: A Tragedy in One Act

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J. W. Luce, 1907 - Drama - 36 pages

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Page 32 - look, nor may young men behold it until they have been beaten with rods. In a coffer of nacre I have three wondrous turquoises. He who wears them on his forehead can imagine things which are not, and he who carries them in his hand can turn the fruitful woman into a woman that is
Page 32 - I have a collar of pearls, set in four rows. They are like unto moons chained with rays of silver. They are even as half a hundred moons caught in a golden net. On the ivory breast of a queen they have rested. /Thou shalt be as fair as a queen when thou
Page 33 - has drunk it! Oh! surely some evil will befall some one. [The Executioner goes down into the cistern.] Ah! Wherefore did I give my oath? Hereafter let no king swear an oath. If he keep it not, it is terrible, and if he keep it, it is terrible also. HERODIAS. My daughter has done well.
Page 36 - Nay; but perchance it was the taste of love. . . . They say that love hath a bitter taste. . . . But what matter? what matter? I have kissed thy mouth. HEROD [Turning round and seeing SALOME]. Kill that woman! [The soldiers rush forward and crush beneath their shields SALOME, daughter of HERODIAS, Princess of Judaea.] CURTAIN
Page 36 - I have kissed thy mouth. There was a bitter taste on my lips. Was it the taste of blood? . . . Nay; but perchance it was the taste of love. . . . They say that love hath a bitter taste. . . . But what matter? what matter? I have kissed thy mouth.
Page 15 - is quite naked. The clouds are seeking to clothe her nakedness, but she will not let them. She shows herself naked in the sky. She reels through the clouds like a drunken woman. ... I am sure she is looking for lovers. Does she not reel like a drunken woman ? She is like a mad woman, is she not?
Page 26 - Tetrarch ? HEROD. By my life, by my crown, by my gods. Whatsoever thou shalt desire I will give it thee, even to the half of my kingdom, if thou wilt but dance for me. O Salome. Salome, dance for me! SALOME. You have sworn an oath, Tetrarch. HEROD. I have sworn an oath.
Page 20 - He will not come. Howbeit, Csesar is lord, he will come if such be his pleasure. Nevertheless, I think he will not come. FIRST NAZARENE. It was not concerning Csesar that the prophet spake these words, sire. HEROD. How ? — it was not concerning Csesar ? FIRST NAZARENE. No, my lord. HEROD. — Concerning whom then did he speak
Page 29 - art fairer than all the daughters of Judsea? What wouldst thou have them bring thee in a silver charger? Tell me. Whatsoever it may be, thou shalt receive it. My treasures belong to thee. What is it that thou wouldst have, Salome ? SALOME [Rising]. The head of

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