Salomé

1
Profound was the moral 
 darkness that enveloped 
the World on which the Star 
  of Bethlehem arose.

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2
To the Court of Herod, Tetrarch
   of Judea, were attracted
representatives of every nation.
Rome, rotting within, though still 
trampling the World; Greece,
senile and conquered; Egypt,
wrapped like its own mummies
in the vestments of the Past -
  all sent their emissaries.

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3
In a chaos of crime and wicked-
  ness, Herod ruled Judea but
was himself ruled by Passion.
He had murdered his brother, 
usurped his throne, he had stolen 
his wife, Herodias, and now 
covets his brother's daughter,
          Salomé.

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4
But a Light was dawning
   on the horizon and a
voice was crying in the
Wilderness, "Prepare ye
 the way of the Lord!"

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5
The Prophet, John (Jokanaan in
    the story) was launching
thunderbolts of Divine Wrath
against the iniquities of Herod
and the abominations of Herodias
his Consort.

Herod, filled with superstitious
awe, imprisoned the Prophet in
an abandoned well to protect
him against the violence of the
mob and the hatred of Herodias.

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6
It is at this point that the drama
  opens, revealing Salomé who yet
remains an uncontaminated blossom
in a wilderness of evil.

Though still innocent, Salome is a
true daughter of her day, heiress 
to its passions and its cruelties.
She kills the thing she loves; she
loves the thing she kills, yet in her
soul there shines the glimmer of 
the Light and she sets forth gladly
into the Unknown to solve the 
puzzle of her own worlds - -

[fades out, fades in]

7
The Mystery of Love 
is greater than the 
 Mystery of Death.

8
Herod, Tetrarch of Judea
      ... Mitchell Lewis

Salomé, Stepdaughter of
   Herod
            ... NAZIMOVA

9
Herodias, Wife of Herod,
  Mother of Salomé
          ... Rose Dione

10
"Drink a little wine with
       me, Salomé."

11
"You must not look at her!
 You are always looking 
        at her!"

12
Narraboth, a Syrian Prince
  robbed of his throne
and forced to serve Herod
as Captain of the Guard
       ... Earl Schenck

The Page of Herodias
     ... Arthur Jasmine

13
"How strange the moon
 seems! One might fancy
 she was looking for
    dead things." 

14
"You are always looking 
 at her. You look at her 
       too much!"

15
"There ARE angels!"

16
"ANGELS DO NOT 
    EXIST!"

17
"I am not looking 
     at her!"

18
"Will you be seated,
     Princess?"

19
"Why do you speak to
 her? O! Something
 terrible will happen!"

20
"Behold! The Lord hath
 come! The eyes of the
 blind shall see the day,
 and the ears of the deaf 
    shall be opened."

21
"Who was that who 
    cried out?"

22
"It was the prophet
 Jokanaan who cried
   out, Princess."

23
"Is it your pleasure that I
 bid them bring your
 litter, Princess? The night
   is fair in the garden."

24
Jokanaan, the Prophet
  ... Nigel DeBrulier

25
"The Tetrarch bids the
 Princess to return to 
      the feast!"

26
"Princess, the Tetrarch 
 prays you to return to 
      the feast."

27
"I would speak with
    this prophet."

28
"The Tetrarch does not
 suffer anyone to speak
 with him - it is impossible!
 We dare not, Princess."

29
"What answer may I
 give the Tetrarch
 from the Princess?"

30
"Bring forth this prophet!"

31
"Princess! Our lives belong
 to you, but we cannot do
 what you have asked! The
 Tetrarch has even for-
 bidden the High Priest to
     speak with him!"

32
"Thou wilt do this thing
 for me, Narraboth, wilt
 thou not? And tomorrow
 when I pass in my litter,
 I will let fall for thee a
   little green flower."

33
"The Tetrarch has formally
 forbidden - I cannot,
  Princess - I can not!"

34
"Thou wilt do this thing
 for me, Narraboth! Look
 at me - it may be I will
     smile at thee!"

35
"Where is she who gave 
 herself up unto the lust
 of her eyes? Go, bid her
 come, that she may repent
  her of her iniquities!"

36
"I am Salomé, daughter
 of Herodias, Princess
       of Judea."

37
"Speak again, Jokanaan,
 and tell me what I
       must do."

38
"Daughter of Herodias,
 come not near me! Get
 thee to the desert and
 seek out the Son of Man!"

39
"Is he as beautiful as thou
      art, Jokanaan?"

40
"Angel of Death, what
 doest thou here with thy
 sword? Whom seekest
  thou in this place?"

41
"Back, daughter of Babylon!
 I listen but to the voice
     of the Lord God."

42
"Thy body is hideous! It
 is like the body of a leper.
   I love not thy body!"

43
"Thy hair, Jokanaan, is
 like the long black nights
 when the moon hides her
 face! The silence that
 dwells in the forest is
 not so black as thy hair!"

44
"Back, daughter of Herodias!
 Profane not the temple 
    of the Lord God!"

45
"Thy mouth, Jokanaan, is
 like a band of scarlet on
 a tower of ivory! The
 red blasts of trumpets
 are not so red as thy 
        mouth!

46
"Suffer me to kiss thy
    mouth, Jokanaan."

47
"Never! Daughter of
  Herodias! Never!"

48
"Princess, Princess! I
   cannot endure it!"

49
"Suffer me to kiss thy
    mouth, Jokanaan."

50
"Art thou not afraid,
 daughter of Herodias?
 Hath he not come, the
   Angel of Death?"

51
"Suffer me to kiss thy
    mouth, Jokanaan."

52
"I will kiss thy mouth,
      Jokanaan!"

53
"I will kiss thy mouth,
 Jokanaan. I WILL KISS
      THY MOUTH!"

54
"What does this body here?
 I issued no order that he
     should be slain."

55
"He slew himself, sire.
 With his own hand he
     slew himself."

56
"Salomé! Dip into the wine
 thy little red lips, that I
    may drain the cup."

57
"I am not thirsty,
     Tetrarch."

58
"Salomé! Bite but a little
 of this fruit, that I may
     eat what is left!"

59
"I am not hungry,
    Tetrarch."

60
"You see how you have
 brought up this daughter
       of yours!"

61
"My daughter and I come 
 of a royal race. As for
 thee, thy father was a
 camel driver! He was a
 thief and a robber to boot!"

62
"Salomé, dance for me, and
 I will give thee the throne
       of thy mother."

63
"I have no desire to dance, 
         Tetrarch."

64
"Ah! The daughter of
 Babylon, with her golden
 eyes and her gilded
      eyelids!"

65
"This man is forever
 hurling insults at 
 me! Why do you not
 deliver him to the Jews
 who have been clamoring 
       for him?"

66
"No! He is a holy man.
 He is a man who has
      seen God."

67
"Salomé, Salomé, dance
 for me! And thou mayest
 ask of me what thou
 wilt even unto the half
    of my kingdom."

68
"I will not dance, Tetrarch."

69
"Ah, the daughter of
 Babylon! Let the people
 take stones and stone her!"

70
"Ah, the wanton one! Let
 the captains of the hosts
 pierce her with their
        swords!"

71
"If I dance for thee, Tetrarch,
 wilt thou indeed give me
 whatsoever I shall ask
        of thee?"

72
"I swear it, Salomé. By
 my life, by my crown, by
 my gods! And I am not
 one of those who break
      their oaths."

73
"I will dance for you,
      Tetrarch."

74
"I will not have my
 daughter dance while that
 man is continually crying
 out. I will not have her
         dance!"

75
"Ah! Let them crush her
  with their shields!"

76
"I will give thee whatso-
 ever thy soul desireth!
 What wouldst thou have?
        Speak!"

77
"I would that they presently
 bring me in a silver
       charger -"

78
"What is it thou wouldst
 have in a silver charger,
 O sweet and fair Salomé?"

79
"I ASK OF YOU THE
 HEAD OF JOKANAAN!"

80
"Well said, my daughter.
 That man has covered
 me with insults! Ah, one
 can see that she loves
   her mother well!"

81
"Do not listen to thy
 mother's voice. This is a
 terrible thing to ask of
 me! Ask of me the half
 of my kingdom and I will
    give it to thee!"

82
"You have sworn an oath,
 Herod! Forget not that
 you have sworn an oath!"

83
"It is the largest emerald
 in the world. Ask it of
 me and I will give it to
 thee! Only release me 
     from my oath!"

84
"I DEMAND THE HEAD
   OF JOKANAAN."

85
"Salomé, thou knowest
 my white peacocks! In
 the midst of them thou
 wilt be like unto the
 moon in the midst of a
  great white cloud -"

86
"GIVE ME THE HEAD
   OF JOKANAAN."

87
"I have jewels hidden in
 this palace that thy mother
 even has never seen. Thou
 shalt be as fair as a queen
 when thou wearest them -"

88
"It is thus that I will wipe
 out all wickedness from
 the earth and that all
 women shall learn not to
 imitate her abominations!"

89
"GIVE ME THE HEAD
   OF JOKANAAN!"

90
"Let her be given what 
 she asks - of a truth she
  is her mother's child!"

91
"He is a coward, this
 slave! Let soldiers 
      be sent!"

92
"Thou wert the friend 
 of him who is dead. I
 tell thee there are not
    dead men enough!"

93
"Command thy soldiers that
 they bring me the thing
 thou hast promised me!
 The thing that is mine!"

94
"Thou wouldst have none
 of me, Jokanaan. Thou
 rejectedst me. Me, Salomé,
   Princess of Judea!"

95
"Thou wert the man that
 I loved alone among men.
 All other men were hateful
 to me. I saw thee, and I
 loved thee, Jokanaan -
 I love thee yet. I love
      only thee -"

96
"I have kissed thy mouth,
 Jokanaan - - Love hath a
 bitter taste - - But what
 matter? - What matter? -"

97
"KILL THAT WOMAN!"

98
"THE MYSTERY OF LOVE
 IS GREATER THAN THE
  MYSTERY OF DEATH!"

99
THE END


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