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Alex. How fares
Heph. I would relate it, but my courage fails me.
Alex. Why stand you all as you were rooted here? What I will none answer my Hephestion silent! If thou hast any love for Alexander, If ever I oblig'd thee by my care. When thro' the field of death my eye has watch'd
thee, Resolve my doubts, and rescue me from madness.
Heph. Your mourning queen has no disease butgrief,
Alex. I own the subtle sorceress in my riot,
Heph. Your queen, Statira, in the rage of grief,
Alex. Oh, madam ! has she has Statira sworn
Never to see her Alexander more?
Par. With sorrow, sir, I heard the solemn vow,
Sys. Put with that fierceness she resents her wrongs, Duells on your fault, and heightens the offence, That I could wish your majesty forget her.
Alex. Hal could you wish me to forget Statira! The star which brightens Alexander's life, His guide by day and goddess of his nights! I feel her now, she beats in every pulse, Throbs at my heart, and circles with my blood!
Sys. Have patience, son, and trust to Heaven and me; If my authority has any influence I will exert it, and she shall be your's. Alex. Haste, madam, haste, if you would have me
Jive; Fly, ere for ever she abjure the world, And stop the sad procession : [Exit Sys. Jand Parisatis, Hang thou about her, wash her feet with tears, Nay haste; the breath of gods, and eloquence Of angels go along with you. Oh my
heart! Lys. Now let your majesty who feels the pangs Of disappointed love, reflect on mine.
[Exit Par. Clyt. "What are you mad? is this a time to plead I
Lys. The properest time; he dares not now be partial, Lest Heaven in justice should avenge my wrongs, And double every pang which he feels now.
Alex. Why dost thou tempt me thus to thy undoing ? Death thou should'st have were it not curted so: But know, to thy confusion, that my word, Like destiny, admits of no repeal ; Therefore in chains shall thou behold the nuptials Of my Hepliestion. Guards, take him prisoner.
[The Guards seize Lys. Lys. Away, ye slaves! I'll not resign my sword, 'Till first l'ave drench'd it in my rival's blood.
Alex. I charge you kill him not; take him alive; The dignity of kings is now concern'd, And I will find a way to tame this rebel.
Clyt. Kneel for I see rage lightning in his eyes.
Lys. I neither hope nor will I sue for pardon. Had I my sword and liberty again ; Again I would attempt his favourite's heart. Alex. Hence from my sight, and bear him to a
dungeon. Perdiccas, give this lion to a lion : Nune speak for him: Ay; stop his month; away.
[Exeunt Lys. Per. and Guards. Clyt. This comes of women-ihe result of love : 'Tis folly all, it is frenzy and distraction; Yet were I heated now with wine I doubt I should be preaching in this fool's behalf.
Alex. Come hither, Clytus, and my friend Hephe
Lend me your arms:
Clyt. Better the race of women were destroy'd,
Heph. Look up,my lord, and bend not thus your head, As if you purpos’d to forsake the world, Which you have greatly won.
Alex. Would I had not; There's no true joy in such unwieldy fortune. Eternal gazers lasting troubles make; All find my spots, but few observe my brightness. Stand from about me all, and give me air. Yes, I will shake this Cupid from my soul, I'll fright the feeble god with war's alarms, Or drown his power in floods of hostile blood. Grant me, great Mars I once more in arms to shine, And break like lightning thro' th' embattled line; Thro' fields of death to whirl the rapid car, And blaze amidst the thunder of the war, Resistless as the bolt that rends the grove ; Or greatly perish like the son of Jove. [2xeunt.
ACT III. SCENE 1.
An open Court; Trumpets sounding a Dead March; Ly.
SIMACHus led Prisoner ; EUMENUS, PERDICCAS,
Unkind I thou know'st my life was wrapt in thine,
Lys. Oh, may'st thou live in joys without allay!
Par. Even in the grave will Parisatis join thee;
Lys. Were I to live 'till nature's self decay'd
The Palace. Enter ROXANA and CASSANDER. Rox. Deserted I said'st thou? for a girl abandon'di A puny girl, made up of watery elements ! Shall she embrace the god of iny desires, And triumph in the heart Roxana claims