from Act III, Scene 2 of the French opera Hérodiade
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Paul Milliet
, King of Galilee, the husband of Hérodiade
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: the Temple, Jerusalem during the reign of King Herod Antipas (30 AD)
Synopsis: Hérode finds Salomé, whom he is lusting after. He tells her that he will let her love, Jean (John the Baptist), free if she will submit to his love. As a way of convincing her, he tells her of the joy and passion she brings to him.