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Oh, let me press thee in my eager arins,
Stat. But shall Roxana
Alex. Let her not be nam'd.
Clyt. Excuse me, sir, if I for once am absent.
Alex. Excuse thee, Clytus / none shall be excus'd: All revel out the day, 't is my command. Gay as the Persian god ourself will stand With a crown'd goblet in our lifted hand; Young Ammon and Statira shall go round, While antic measures beat the burthen'd ground, And to the vaulted skies our trumpets clangors sound.
ACT IV. SCENE 1.
Enter Clytus, HEPHESTION, and Eumenes.
Or, like Calisthenes, be cag'd for life,
Clyt. Unhurtfull oh, 'tis monstrous affectation! Pregnant with venom, in its nature black, And not to be excus'di -Shall man, weak man! Exact the rev’rence which we pay to Heaven, And bid his fellow-creatures kneel before him, And yet be innocent ? Hephestion, no; The pride that lays a claim to adoration Insults our reason and provokes the gods.
Eum. Yet what was Jove, the god whom we adore? Was he not once a man, and rais'd to heaven For gen'rous acts and virtues more than human?
Heph. By all his thunder and his sov'reign power
Clyt. I tell you, boy, that Clytus loves the king
Heph. Then go not to the banquet.
Clyt. Why, I was bid, Young minion-was I not, as well as you ? I'll go, my friend, in this old habit, thus, And laugh, and drink the king's health heartily; And while you blushing bow your heads to earth, And hide them in the dust-I'll stand erect, Straight as a spear, the pillar of my country, And be by so much nearer to the gods.
Heph. But see, the king appears.
Enter ALEXANDER, STATIRA, SYSIGAMBIS, PARI
SATIS, and Attendants.
-the brave delight in mercy. Alex. Shield me, Statira, shield me from her sor
Par. Save him, oh save him ere it be too latel
Alex. Oh, madam! take her, take her from about
Her streaming eyes assail my very soul,
Stat. Did I not break
By all your passion, sighs, and tender looks,
Sys. I had not join'd in this bold suit, my son;
[Exeunt Heph. &c.
Alex. Excellent woman! *Tis not in nature to support such joy.
Stat. Go, my best love; unbend you at the banquet; Indulge in joy, and laugh your cares away; While in the bowers of great Semiramis I dress your bed with all the sweets of nature,
nd crown it as the altar of our loves, Where I will lay me down and softly mourn, But never close my eyes till you return. [Exeunt Siat,
Alex. Is she not more than mortal can desire,
As Venus lovely, and Diana chaste ?
Enter ROXANA, CASSANDER, and POLYPERCHON. Why, madam, gaze you thus
Rox. For a last look,
[Ex. Alex. &c.
Cas. Still keep this spirit up, preserve it still, And know us for your friends: we like your rage: Here in the sight of Heaven Cassander swears, Unaw'd by death, to second your revenge : Speak but the word, and swift as thought can fly The tyrant falls a victim to your fury.
Rox. Shall he then die i shall I consent to kill him? I that have lov'd him with that eager fondness, Shall I consent to have him basely murdered, And see him clasp'd in the cold arms of death? No, Cassander Worlds should not tempt me to the deed of horror.