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SALOMÉ

Who is Elias?


SECOND SOLDIER

A prophet of this country in bygone days, Princess.


THE SLAVE

What answer may I give the Tetrarch from the Princess?


THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN

Rejoice not O land of Palestine, because the rod of him who smote thee is broken. For from the seed of the serpent shall come a basilisk, and that which is born of it shall devour the birds.


SALOMÉ

What a strange voice ! I would speak with him.


FIRST SOLDIER

I fear it may not be, Princess. The Tetrarch does not suffer any one to speak with him. He has even forbidden the high priest to speak with him.


SALOMÉ

I desire to speak with him.


FIRST SOLDIER

It is impossible, Princess.

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