[Line 7] Pilate’s Question See John, 18, 38: “Pilate saith unto him, ‘What is truth?’”
[Line 8] Galileo Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), famous Italian scientist whose inventions helped to prove the theories of Copernicus that the earth revolved round the sun, not the sun round the earth. In 1632 he was compelled by the religious authorities to abjure his teachings on the subject, because they were contrary to the doctrines of the church. He is supposed to have said, after doing so: “Eppur si muove!” (But it [the earth] does move!).
[Line 21] semaphoring A system of signalling in which the arms are held at different angles to the body. It could also be done by holding out flags for greater visibility, or by an apparatus with wooden arms.