FIRST NAZARENE. It was not concerning Cæsar that the prophet spake these words, sire. HEROD. How?—it was not concerning Cæsar? FIRST NAZARENE. No, my lord. HEROD. Concerning whom then did he speak? FIRST NAZARENE. Concerning the Messiah who has come. A JEW. The Messiah hath not come. FIRST NAZARENE. He hath come, and everywhere He worketh miracles. HERODIAS. Ho! ho! miracles! I do not believe in miracles. I have seen too many. ( To the PAGE.) My fan. FIRST NAZARENE. This Man worketh true miracles. Thus, at a marriage which took place in a little town of Galilee, a town of some importance, He changed water into wine. Certain persons who were present related it to me. Also He healed two lepers that were seated before the Gate of Capernaum simply by touching them. SECOND NAZARENE. Nay; it was blind men that He healed at Capernaum. FIRST NAZARENE. Nay; they were lepers. But He hath healed blind people also, and He was seen on a mountain talking with 22 angels. A SADDUCEE. Angels do not exist. A PHARISEE. Angels exist, but I do not believe that this Man has talked with them.
FIRST NAZARENE. He was seen by a great multitude of people talking with angels. HERODIAS. How these men worry me! They are ridiculous! ( To the PAGE.) Well! my fan! ( The PAGE gives her the fan. ) You have a dreamer’s look; you must not dream. It is only sick people who dream. ( She strikes the PAGE with her fan. ) SECOND NAZARENE. There is also the miracle of the daughter of Jairus. FIRST NAZARENE. Yea, that is sure. No man can gainsay it. HERODIAS. These men are mad. They have looked too long on the moon. Command them to be silent. HEROD. What is this miracle of the daughter of Jairus? FIRST NAZARENE. The daughter of Jairus was dead. This Man raised her from the dead. HEROD. How! He raises people from the dead? FIRST NAZARENE. Yea, sire, He raiseth the dead. HEROD. I do not wish Him to do that. I forbid Him to do that. I suffer no man to raise the dead. This Man must be found and told that I forbid Him to raise the dead. Where is this Man at present? SECOND NAZARENE. He is in every place, my lord, but it is hard to find Him. FIRST NAZARENE. It is said that He is now in Samaria. A JEW. It is easy to see that this is not the Messiah, if He is in Samaria. It is not to the Samaritans that the Messiah shall come. The Samaritans are accursed. They bring no offerings to the Temple. SECOND NAZARENE. He left Samaria a few days since. I think that at the present moment He is in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem. FIRST NAZARENE. No; he is not there. I have just come from Jerusalem. For two months they have had no tidings of Him. HEROD. No matter! But let them find Him, and tell Him, thus saith Herod the King, "I will not suffer Thee to raise the dead!" To change water into wine, to heal the lepers and the blind.… He may do these things if He will. I say nothing against these things. In truth I hold it a kindly deed to heal a leper. But no man shall raise the dead. It would be terrible if the dead 23
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