John the Baptist

John the Baptist

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Excerpt: ...No; Josaphat spake it. FIRST WOMAN See, they are standing up ANOTHER Are they coming hither, Jael? JAEL That is the couch on which he will rest. SEVERAL Then farewell, Jael. JAEL Farewell They hurry out. SCENE II Jael with her children. John, Josaphat, Amarja. JOSAPHAT Here thou wilt be alone, Rabbi. The others remain outside. JOHN Accept my thanks, Josaphat. AMARJA Mine, too, Josaphat. JOSAPHAT Thank him, Amarja, for eating with us. While John seats himself, he says, sotto voce, to Amarja Come Observes Jael, who has been standing at the door unnoticed. Jael, thou here, and the children? JOHN Is that thy wife, Josaphat? JOSAPHAT Yes, Rabbi. JOHN And thy children? JOSAPHAT Yes, Rabbi. JOHN Thou hast never told me of these. Is thy name Jael? He called thee so. JAEL Yes, Rabbi. JOHN Why comest thou not nearer? THE BOY We are afraid of thee, Rabbi. JOHN Smiling. Why are you afraid? THE BOY I do not know. JOSAPHAT Forgive him, Rabbi . he . JOHN Josaphat, wilt thou entrust them to me for a few minutes? JOSAPHAT Bows his head, signs to Amarja, and goes away with him to the right. SCENE III John, Jael, the children. JOHN Thy eyes have a sad look, Jael. Is thy heart troubled? JAEL Kneel down, Baruch, my son. Kneel down, both. THE BOY Half crying. Mother JOHN What is it, Jael? JAEL To the children. Say: Prithee, Rabbi? THE CHILDREN Prithee, Rabbi. JAEL And this little one prayeth, too, though not old enough to pray. JOHN For what? JAEL That thou wouldest give them back their father; for see, they have no bread. JOHN Lifting the children from their knees. Just now we ate of the lamb in thy house, and thou sayest we have no bread? JAEL I do not speak of to-day; to-day the poorest have something to eat. Thou art truly a great prophet, Rabbi, and thou givest much to the people; but from us--from me and these little children--thou takest away all that we have. JOHN How could I do that, Jael? JAEL See; for a long time my husband goeth out every...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123669225X
  • 9781236692252