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Merriamne Leaving the Judgement Seat of Herod

1887:

An Excerpt from "Herod's Lament for Mariamne"

"She's gone, who shared my diadem;
She sunk, with her my joys entombing;
I swept that flower from Judah's stem,
And mine's the guilt, and mine the hell,
This bosom's desolation dooming;
And I have earn'd those tortures well,
Which unconsumed are still consuming!"

by Lord Byron

Mariamne was the wife of Herod. She was falsely accused by her jealous sister-in-law, Salome, and brought to trial. Herod commuted the sentence, but Mariamne had already been executed.

 
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