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availing, it shall not be my fault if there be not thickly scattered over the land wherever this Nazarene shall wander with his fishermen, those who shall sow in the minds of the people seed of another sort, and pluck up as they may what he hath planted, and stir into the mass of those whom he shall gather together a leaven that shall cause it to move and heave, if not to my rising, to his falling. I might perhaps, and with safety, as I just now said, leave this whole office to the Pharisees, priests, and to Jesus himself; it can hardly be doubtful to what issue events would come. But as it is a pleasure, in a remote retreat, still to use instruments by which at a distance great designs of others are rendered abortive, so I cannot wholly refrain from doing as I have hinted; but chiefly you will not doubt, Julian, that I am moved to such endeavours that thereby the great Jehovah may be honoured, the coming of the true kingdom of God be promoted and hastened, and those defeated, who, without other authority than that of their own bewildered fancy and the cries of a blinded populace, think to step in and thwart his purposes. While I live and reign, let me be true to the Law, to the Prophet who gave the Law, and to God who gave the Prophet.”

I still ventured to urge a further delay, and on the ground that as we could not know all the purposes and plans of Jehovah, so we could not feel sure that Jesus was not the Son of God, revealing himself to the people in the way, not in which we had been taught to expect him, but in a way appointed by him who sent him. There were indeed as yet no marks of such a character and office to be seen in him, nor had he declared to any one that he had come as the Christ; but it was not to be denied that he was invested with divine powers, that he was already possessed of a portion of the spirit of God, which, truly, the people look for as making a part of what shall constitute their king; and who therefore can say that he may not even yet, notwithstanding the present appearances, give those signs, whether in heaven or on earth, unequivocal and convincing, that shall prove him to be the Christ. He who can heal the sick, and convert water into wine, and to limbs withered and dead restore life and strength, and all by a word of the mouth, it is plain has only to exert the same power in other directions and to other ends, to stand before the people in a blaze of glory, the dispenser of honours and wealth, the leader of innumerable hosts, the resistless conqueror, before whose arm, nerved with the energy of God, and bearing the thunderbolts of the Omnipotent, earthly power, though that of Rome with all the world in league, would sink and fade, as mists in the rays of the morning sun.

Herod seemed to be struck, as I spoke these things, with their reasonableness, and as I ended, I rejoiced to find him not too much wedded to his own opinion, to say so.

“ That is all possible,” he said; “it cannot be denied it is all possible; — Jesus may yet put forth an energy that has not been seen or suspected, and show himself to be all the nation is looking and asking for. We learn too that there is not only mildness, but dignity and greatness also in his carriage, not unworthy a king." Herod paused, and for a few moments remained buried in thought, but from his musing suddenly broke forth with vehemence,

“ No, young man, no, it cannot be so. This is all idle dreaming. A Nazarene mechanic, a carpenter and the son of a carpenter, can never be king of Israel. I fear him not. Prophet he may be, Elias he may be, but not the Christ. The work of Messiah is one-one chiefly, and for which there is little meetness in this lamb-like peasant of Galilee. So, too, I believe, the people will soon discover, as well as the scribes and priests. But enough of this. Let us now forth; I would show thee, Julian, that in Tiberias not less than in Machærus are there proofs many and convincing, that the Tetrarch of Galilee needs but to use the strength he has, to be hailed king of Israel! I will show thee the secret treasures of Tiberias.”

So saying he called upon me to follow him, and leaving

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the palace for the city, we there entered the citadel, and in vaults and secret apartments and buildings, bearing without no signs of the purposes to which they were devoted, I beheld immense collections of all the implements of war.

“ These," said Herod,“ with more than these in Sephoris, are an ample supply for all the northern portion of the land, as those in Machærus and at Herodium are for all the southern. Let there be Jewish arms and hands to wield these instruments of death, with stout Jewish hearts behind these coats of mail, and the empire of Rome will quickly be at an end, not in Syria alone, but the East. Yes, Julian, in the East. Not with more certainty will Sejanus reign in Rome, than will Herod Antipas in Jerusalem; and not with a wider sway will Sejanus stretch his sceptre over Europe and the West, than will Herod over Asia and the East. And, that the last rivet may be driven into the compact that makes all this to be so, would I soon have thee, Julian, as hath been already agreed, hie thee to Rome; there, with the knowledge which thou more than any other in Judea possessest, to complete what has been well begun. Sejanus, though no model of virtue, is yet as I think in public affairs to be trusted. But if one may rarely trust himself without some misgivings, much less, surely, may he another. Wherefore, it will be thy more especial office while in Rome, to contrive every most secret and unsuspected avenue to the soul of Sejanus, that his heart may be perfectly read, and the agreement or disagreement that exists between his words and his real purposes be discovered.”

I said that all that could be done in honour to reach the designs of Sejanus I would not hesitate to attempt.

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“ In honour !” said Herod; “honour towards such as Sejanus? Hath he observed such rules towards others ? And shall these come between a nation and its redemption ?" “ Because Sejanus," I answered, “regards not the purity

I of his soul, can surely be no good reason why I should bring

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upon mine; and if it be that Judea or Herod can be saved only by transgressing such rules, then may they sink into the ruin that awaits and becomes them."

At first Herod seemed, as I spoke, as if his passions were about to rise as when I was in Machærus; but the expression of his countenance suddenly changed, and as I ended he said, laughing

“ By the soul of my father, but that is well and bravely said. Violate surely, young man, no rule of truth and honour, that is really such, we would not have thee. Yet are there many by the world falsely esteemed such. Transgress these, and thou dost but the more sacredly observe the others. This is the sin I would have thee commit; no other.”

We now returned to the palace.

That I may aid him in many affairs in which I also now have an interest as well as every other Jew, Herod solicits me to remain for a season at Tiberias. This I gladly consent to do, that I may know more, through a nearer intercourse, of this strange man, and become acquainted also with this region of the country, especially with the shores of this beautiful lake. I shall hope also to wander as far as Cæsarea Philippi, the capital of Herod Philip.

CHAPTER XIX.

JULIAN AT TIBERIAS TO NAOMI IN ROME.

THE PILGRIMAGE ON THE SHORES OF THE SEA OF GALILEE. FISHERMEN. — THE HEALING OF PHASAEL's Son.

OTHER MIRACLES. THE COTTAGE NEAR NAZARETH.- THE HOLY FAMILY.- THE MOTHER OF THE LORD.— RUTH's New Faith. HER DETERMINATION.

AT CÆSAREA. ZENO. RETURN TO ROME. - JULIAN FINDS THE MOTHER OF ANNA AND PHILIP With NAOMI. FAILING POWER OF SEJANUS. -JULIAN'S LAST LETTER TO HEROD.

MARVEL

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ARVEL not, my mother, that I thus consent to

remain in Tiberias and in the service of Herod, while, as you well know, I incline so strongly towards Jesus. My accounts of Jesus have made not a deeper impression on your mind than I should have looked for; and I am not surprised that in your last epistle you advise that I should for a time withdraw from Herod and Onias, and seek out the new Prophet, and follow him for a season at least, that by my own observation and hearing I may make up my judgment concerning his real character and purposes. This assuredly I shall do, if no clear and decisive judgment is made and proclaimed by the people, or by those who have already made the observations which I am hoping to do. In the meantime I am becoming thoroughly acquainted with the affairs and plans of Herod, to which, after all, perhaps it is most probable I shall join myself. Besides this also, so constantly do we receive intelligence of the movements of Jesus, and of the progress he makes, and the opinions he declares, and the miracles he performs, that it sometimes seems to me that my means of a right judgment are as many and as trustworthy here as if I were among the multitudes who throng

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