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.