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The fragrant violet or opening rose,
Sys. Her sorrows must have way.
Stat. Roxana then enjoys my perjur'd love,
Sys. Take heed, Statira, weigh it well my child, Ere desp'rate love enforces you to swear.
Stat. Oh! fear not that, already have I weigh'd it, And in the presence here of Heaven and you, Renounce all converse with perfidious man. Farewell ye, coz'ners of our easy sex! And thon, the falsest of the faithless kind, Farewell for ever! Oh, farewell! farewell! If I but mention him the tears will flow I How could'st thou, cruel! wrong a heart like mine, Thus fond, thus doting, ev'n to madness, on thee!
Sys. Clear up thy griefs, thy Alexander comes, Triumphant in the spoils of conquerid India; This day the hero enters Babylon. Stat. Why, let him come; all eyes will gaze with
All hearts will joy to see the victor pass,
Sys. Wilt thou not see him then?
Sys. Do not ruin all.
Stat. May I again be perjured and deluded! May furies rend my heart! may lightnings blast me!
Sys. Recall, my child, the dreadful imprecation.
Stat. No, I will publish it through all the court, Then to the bowers of great Semiramis Retire for ever from the treach'rous world ; There from man's sight will I conceal my woes, And seek in solitude a calm repose; Nor prayers nor tears shall my resolves controul, Nor love itself, that tyrant of the soul. [Exeunt.
ACT II. SCENE I.
Triumphal Arch. -Enter CASSANDER and POLY.
Attended by a throng of scepter'd slaves
Poly. Why all this noise-ye partial powers declare-
Cas. Cas'd in the very arms we saw him wear The spirit of his father haunts the court In all the majesty of solemn sorrow : The awful spectre fix'd his eyes upon me, Wav'd his pale hand--and threatful shook his head, Groan'd out forbear and vanish'd from my view. A fear till then unknown possess'd my soul, And sick’ning nature trembled at the sight ! Poly. Why should you tremble :-Had the yawning
Cas. Yes, Polyperchon, he this night shall die ;
Poly. The Persians all dissatisfied appear,
Cas. I know he loves Statira more than life; And when he hears the solemn vow she made, The oath that bars her from his sight for ever, Remorse and horror will at once invade him, Rend his wreck'd soul, and rush him into madness.
Poly. Of that anon--the court begins to thicken ; From ev'ry province of the wide-spread earth Ambassadors in Babylon are met ; As if mankind had previously agreed To compliment the tyrant's boundless pride, And hold a solemn synod of the world, Where Alexander like a god should dictate.
Cas. We must away or mingle with the crowd. Adore this god vill apt occasion calls To make him what he would be thought-immortal.
A Symphony of W'arlike Music. Enter Clytus and
ARISTANDER, in his Robes,
Arist. Were he encircled by the gods themselves
sound ; Shortly he 'll appear.
Exeunt. Enter ALEXANDER in a Triumphal Car drawn by Black
Slaves, Trophies and Warlike Ensigns in Procession b fore him; CLYTUS, HEPHESTION, LYSIMACHUS, ARISTANDER, Captives, Guards, and Attendants.
See the conqʼring hero comes,
Heph. Hail, son of Jovel great Alexander! hail.
Alex Rise all; and thou my second self, my friend, Oh, my Hephestion I raise thee from the earth! Come to my arms, and hide thee in my heart; Nearer, yet nearer, else thou lov'st me not.
Heph. Not love my king I bear witness all ye powers, And let your thunder nail me to the centre, If sacied friendship ever burnd more brightly! Immortal bosoms can alone admit A fame more pure, more permanent, than mine.
Alex. Thou dearer to me than my groves of laurel,
Lys. Now for my fate!