This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... Johanan. See? Yes, I saw. Have I not eyes? I would 'Twere the last time they looked on that. Eleazar. Soft, soft, I pray she heard not; but these women's ears Are sharper than a watchdog's in the night; Or a blind man's when peril is at hand. I fear mischance. Last night I dream'd a bolt Fell from the heavens upon this house, and all That morning saw was a charr'd heap; and then I dream'd again, and this time came a snake And stole towards Philip's bed, and he upstarting Shriek'd with such frantic cries that I awoke. Johanan. Thou hast hit it there;--serpent and Eve in one. Eleazar. What dost thou say? Speak soft, Johanan, soft; In a palace nought is deaf. Johanan. But some are blind. Eleazar. Blind! Who is blind? Johanan. Those who have greatest need To see. Is it not ever so? This house Is but a picture of the mighty world;--Dim, blear-ey'd Philips, such perceiving souls, That look with great wide gaze on scheming friends And falser women;--oh yes, they see, they see Like the wise owl at noon. Eleazar. Thou art bitter; but What hast thou seen? Johanan. Much, Eleazar, much; Enough to make a season'd courtier stare, And undeceive even a king. But mum! Nothing is deaf here. Eleazar. Good, Johanan; yet Thou hast no fear of me, for thou hast eaten With me at two and twenty Passovers. Johanan. Fear! Nay I fear not. But why ask of me? Art thou so mole-ey'd that thou hast not seen The ill-hid shameless wickedness that since The coming of this Herod Antipas Hath brought this house within the verge of hell? I speak not now of roystering pages, nor Of insolent attendants, gross with meat, Full-stomach'd and no-conscienced,--earthly brutes, I weigh them but as biped swine. But she, My curious courtier, she--hast thou not seen? Eleazar. Herodias? Johanan. Ay, Herodi...
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