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THE JEW

Nay, but he is not Elias the prophet.


THE VOICE OF JOKANAAN

Behold the day is at hand, the day of the Lord, and I hear upon the mountains the feet of Him who shall be the Saviour of the world.


HEROD

What does that mean? The Saviour of the world?


TIGELLINUS

It is a title that Caæsar adopts.


HEROD

But Cæsar is not coming into Judaea. Only yesterday I received letters from Rome. They contained nothing concerning this matter. And you, Tigellinus, who were at Rome during the winter, you heard nothing concerning this matter, did you?


TIGELLINUS

Sire, I heard nothing concerning the matter. I was explaining the title. It is one of Cæsar's titles.


HEROD

But Cæsar cannot come. He is too gouty. They say that his feet are like the feet of an elephant. Also there are reasons of State. He

who leaves Rome loses Rome. He will not

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