Jezebel (To Eudora). Because he is not. (To Rachel and Rebecca). Why do you talk with that stupid Heathen? You might as well convince a Samaritan dog. I have waited here with a message from David since the fifth hour, and all to be contaminated with idolatrous breath.
Rachel. Why, Jezebel, do you not remember what the wise Solomon has said: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city;” or Moses’ commands concerning the stranger and hospitality?
Jezebel. Well, prate not to me, daughter of Eliab; for I need it not. Tell me if you have fulfilled the mission given you this day, and what answer I shall make.
Rachel. I have. Ye only need say, “It is well.” [Jezebel departs impatiently.] (To Eudora.) Be not moved by our neighbor’s unkind manners. Did she love Jehovah, she would not thus do.
Eudora. And is Jehovah careful about these things?
Rachel. Yes: every act is noticed by him; every heart is his desire; and herein he differs from all imaginary gods. Jupiter sits apart, and simply rules the nations. Jehovah loves the children he has created, and is careful about their least concerns. He desires their love in return. Your gods demand conduct and sacrifices injurious and degrading. Jehovah’s every word is for his people’s prosperity.
Eudora. And you are like your god. Your patient doing of right in the past comes to me; and this, with your kindness to the unfeeling and abusive Jezebel, has convinced me more, if possible, than your arguments. Surely I see that it was such a god that I desired to worship in Jupiter. If this be found alone in your god, then does my heart move me to say, Jehovah, He is God, and there is none else. Oh! may I not be mistaken!
Rachel. Trust in Jehovah, and thou shalt not err.
Rebecca. Rejoice in Jehovah, and thou shalt be glad for ever.
Ruth (calling). Rachel!
Rachel. I come. (To Eudora.) Let us hasten; for we have long tarried, and many wait to welcome you. (Singing heard.) Hark! they are singing one of the songs of David: let us go join them.
At the close of the dialogue, the cxxxvi. Psalm was chanted; and then another gentleman described the erroneous notions which the Jews had of the expected Messiah. His remarks were succeeded by
ANNA, MARTHA, SALOME, MARY, of Jerusalem. MIRIAM, LEAH, of Bethlehem.
Mary (coming with Salome to Martha). Martha, I have been seeking, and am glad that I have found you; but why do you weep?
Martha. We may do nothing else now, and the meeting with others seems to be the signal for fresh floods of tears.
Salome. I may not ask the cause of your grief; for my own soul replies it is the common grief,—our nation’s bondage.