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“ But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry ; nevertheless for the oath's sake and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.”

SAINT MATTHEW.

PERSONS OF THE PROLOGUE.

ARCHANGELS.
CHERUBIM.
SERAPHIM.
ALL THE HEAVENLY HOST,
A VOICE.
JOHN BAPTIST,
SALOME.
CHORUS OF MORTALS,
CHORUS OF SPIRITS,

PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.

HERODIAS.
SALOME, daughter of Herodias,
HEROD.
ANTONIUS, father of Salome,
SEXTUS, lover of Salome.
AN AGED JEW.
A STRANGER.
FIRST LORD).

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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA,

SECOND LORD.
FIRST CAPTAIN.
SECOND CAPTAIN,
FIRST COURTIER,
SECOND COURTIER,
A Voice.
PRINCE OF THE Powers OF THE AIR.
A Voice FROM THE FAR Heights.
PRINCE OF THE POWERS OF THE DEPTHS,
CHORUS, ROMANS AND Jews.
SEMI-CHORUS, ROMANS,
SEMI-CHORUS, JEWS.

OFFICERS, COURTIERS, ATTENDANTS, ETC,

Scene:-Jerusalem.
TIME :—The night in which John the Baptist was beheaded.
DURATION OF ACTION :-From sunset to sunrise.

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