Herod; A Tragedy

Paperback | July 5, 2012

byStephen Phillips

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... Scene.--The Hall of Audience as before; sunset. The Chief Captains, Councillors and Priests assembled, including Gadias, a Physician, CyPros, etc. On one side of the throne stand Priests, who are displaying ivory and marble and precious stones. On the other side are various Architects and Chief Masons, who are eagerly displaying charts and plans. As the Curtain rises there is the hum of many voices, but Gadias rising to speak with uplifted hand, there is a sudden silence. Gadias. Priests, councillors and captains nigh the throne, Who are partakers of our private mind; Long time, ye know, the melancholy king Herod hath brooded by the Dead Sea wave Incapable of empire: but to-day Returns to grasp the reins of sovereignty. A murmur of approbation. Priests, councillors and captains nigh the throne, All Jewry on that single brain depends. Herod alone defers the Roman doom, That general fate whereto the world is born. _A low assenting murmur. That moment when the reason of the king Shall tremble, trembles with it all this realm. And now it seems that by the Dead Sea marge Long since his mind had maddened, but for one Idea with which he still doth rock himself. A movement of surprise. Some fancy, all incredible to me, But which alone diverts insanity, And what this is, from the Physician hear! Phys. Councillors, priests, my business is to mend The mind, not mingle with affairs of State. Now listen: though the embalmed queen is cold, Yet from that irremediable thought The king's brain starts aside: such is his love He dares not to imagine she is dead. A movement of astonishment. And in the wild foam of insanity He clasps this rock: that Mariamne lives. Once let her death rush in upon his brain, Madness will seize him! Priest. And darkness the land....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... Scene.--The Hall of Audience as before; sunset. The Chief Captains, Councillors and Priests assembled, including Gadia...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217220630

ISBN - 13:9780217220637

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