Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
Not all the stages set by mortal hands
And decorated long and lavishly
To evoke the flavor of exotic lands
And yet to do it with such subtlety
That men hear nothing but heroic speech,
Envision nothing but the lovers' kiss
Whatever heights theatric art may reach,
They'll ne'er do justice to a scene like this.
The stage, the script, the lights, and all the skill
of actors practiced till they could not err
Performed the Author-and-Director's will:
The moon paused in the path prepared for her;
The sun was silent; all the stars grew still
And Jesus stood before the governor.
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