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Ac.II

Scene 3

 

Late night.

(Palace interior: a podium over which a baldachino of purple supported by four polished shafts topped with silver highlights the importance of the person seated on a curule seat. The tetrarch is ill at ease. His left foot resting on a cushion would indicate his life of indulgence has taken a toll on him. He groans watched by the courtier alone in the hall. A series of chairs is set against the backdrop except where two doors with pediments after the Roman fashion at farther ends. Pilasters break up the wall.)

 

A knock is heard. A sharp look by Herod sends the courtier scurrying to escort the visitor.

(Obsequiously) Most Serene Herod seeks solace

And your words had always worked well

With his worthy father.

(Leads the visitor) How shall I introduce you,

By formal title,-

Luciphor, the morning star

By your power of the Air, you lord over?

You deserve no less,

You verily lay human hopes to ruin;

Or is it as the builder of brave new worlds?

 

The Lord of the Flies:

Luciphor

Is the dread I warrant. Let that pass.

As the Dispeller of Present difficulties

I am at home here.

(The Tetrarch hails him and the courtier hastens his steps.)

Herod:

Hail worthy Counsellor,

I called for you, indeed.

 

The Lord of the flies, (with touch of irony)

The laurel that adorns

Your brow shakes still,-

And rustle of it had in a trice set me

Pay a visit, O Antipater;

Hail fellow well met,- Ho, aah, steady now!

Your secure throne, my fee

For favours done for your sire.

I was the Dispeller of his doubts

The weed killer that would have

Otherwise fruits of his noble

Stratagems lay wasted;

But no physician can feel comfort

If his panacea is untested.

I offer power over men and events,

Test me now, the Greatness

Of your father’s name

Iron out the crease of your laurel;

I direct the course and renew fading hopes

Of fruits of earthly fortune

Plucked by none other;

From my counsel drink and slake

Your throat:

Drink deep it is elixir of joy

To have the power unparalleled

To which you alone is fit

And I am at your service.

 

Herod:

How frightful I ought to be

Of this Royal birth?

And it is dinned to me

This morning by Three Wise Men

Whose charts and jargon

Have me stupefied.

A new Kingdom of the Spirit!

Lord of the Flies:

Bah!

 

Herod:

Bah you said. You are already

In the know, You wise dispeller

Of doubts.

(Luciphor with an exaggerated bow)

 

The Lord of the Flies:

Such wayward foundling

Accompanied by celestial signs

And night visitors hovering

In mid-air whip up vapour

A dumb-show just the same!

In place of smoke and mirrors

These ill-sprites have set forth

A bait filched from some hovel

To keep the pot boiling for

The disenfranchised by their own stars

To seek further, believe me Herod

This is not the last of it I assure you.

Every age must throw up a Caesar

Born to greatness that never peeps out

For spirit was willing; to pillage and plunder

He had no stomach for.

This baby is no exception

Whose life is like a waking dream.

 

Herod :

The Son of the Most High

Shall then evangelion of prophets

A farfetched tale?

That his baptism of fire

From taint of want and wretched plight

Has been kindled alreardy, is it a lie

Told then?

 

The Lord of the Flies:

If your carnal body be pallid

With craven fear many a man

Shall lay among

Ashes of their hopes.

 

Herod

Fire within is felt, but how?

Does it start with the navel of being

Blazing outward in blazes Or..

 

Lord of the Flies:

Stop, Stop

I have heard enough. The jargon has some

Merit beyond the Ganges among the

Beggarly crew who wear ashes of their worth

On their forehead. A big zero!

Their navel gazing begins and ends same

Place: you wanna bet?

(Draws a big zero in air)

A big zero!

The same goes for star-gazing. Oh noble sire

Of Herod the great! Between rolling sky

And flesh of all walking the air is thick

With fear, similar coagulation of blood

From a body wounded. It is a net

With which I the Prince of the Power

Air, weave, a net to catch the lesser mortals

From bootless combat.

Here is no Bread and Circus!

O Herod learn the use

Of Princely craft of cut and thrust

No applause from hoi polloi

But the pride of leaving none other standing

Is worth the enterprise;

That you alone standing the Master

Of the Age,-

Death is for others!

But the immortal You shall

Write the rules and the ages

To come shall follow the precept.

Grasp brazenly from me

This power, brute but fecund to

Engender a lineage till end of time worshiping

Your walk to fame.

With my Power you shall remove this royal birth

Before it take root.

 

Herod (clapping his hands in delight)

Bravo, I love this part,

Pluck this tender plant before

The Kingdom of Spirit could find feet;

I have sought the Three Magi to lead

Me where the Christ lay in his infant state

Dare they not refuse my will;

Soon as he is found so his reign

Must nip in bud, I must!

 

The Lord of the Flies:

You are a fast learner:

Such pedagogy that I teach

Is for Here and Now

Kingdom of Power I know but of spirit

What a balderdash!

 

Herod:

What will you now?

 

The Lord of the Flies:

I shall simply bide my time

And take measure of the lay of the land

And watch the fools weave ropes for

Their necks

So I have the wherewithal

To oblige them in their error

Oh My most apt pupil

You will hear from me. Who-aah!

(Herod beckons the courtier to accompany him to the door They exit)

(fade)

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