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And stoop to thee, thou moving piece of earth!
Hence from my sight, and never more presume
To meet my eyes ; for mark me, if thou dar'st,
To Alexander I'll unfold thy treason,
Whose life, in spite of all his wrongs to me,
Shall still be sacred, and above thy malice.

Cas. By your own life, the greatest oath, I swear
Cassander's passion from this hour is dumb;
And as the best atonement I can make
Statira dies, the victim of your vengeance.

Rox. Cassander rise ; 'tis ample expiation.
Yes, rival, yes this night shall be thy last;
This night I know is destin’d for thy triumph,
And gives my Alexander to thy arms.
Oh, murderous thought!

Poly. The bow'rs of great Semiramis are made The scene of love ; Perdiccas holds the guard.

Case Now is your time, while Alexander revels,
And the whole court re-echoes with his riot,
To end her, and with her to end your fears.
Give me but half the Zogdian slaves that wait you
And deem her dead; nor shall a soul escape
That serves your rival to disperse the news.

Rox. By me they die, Perdiccas and Statira ;
Hence with thy aid, I neither ask nor want it,
But will myself conduct the slaves to battle.
Were she to fall by any arm but mine,
Well might she murmur and arraign her stars;
'Tis life well-lost to die by my command.

Rival, rejoice, and pleas'd resign thy breath; Roxana's vengeance grants thee noble death. [Exit.

Cas. All but her Jove this Semele disdains. We must be quick-she may perhaps betray The great design, aud frustrate our revenge.

Poly. Has Philip got instructions how to act ?

Cas. He has, my friend, and, faithful to our cause, Resolves to execute the fatal order. Bear him this vial it contains a poison Of that exalted force, that deadly nature, Should Æsculapius drink it, in five hours (For then it works) the god himself were mortal : I drew it from Nonacris' horrid spring ; Mix'd with his wine a single drop gives death, And sends him howling to the shades below.

Poly. I know its power, for I have seen it try'd; Pains of all sorts thro' ev'ry nerve and art'ry At once it scatters--burns at once, and freezes, Till by extremity of torture forc'd The soul consents to leave her joyless home, And seeks for ease in worlds unknown to this.

Cas. Now let us part: with Thessalus and Philip Haste to the banquet At his second call Let this be given him, and it crowns our hopes. Now, Alexander, now, we'll soon be quits ; Death for a blow is interest indeed.

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

The Palace. ALEXANDER, PERDICCAS, CASSAN

DER, POLYPERCHON, EUMENES, discovered at a
Banquet, &c.

[A flourish of Trumpets, Alex. To our immortal health and our fair queen's: All drink it deep; and while the bowl

goes

round
Mars and Bellona join to make us music;
A thousand bulls be offer'd to the sun,
White as his beams; speak the big voice of war;
Beat all our drums, and sound our silver trumpets ;
Provoke the gods to follow our example
In bowls of nectar and replying thunder.

[Flourish of Trumpets.

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Enter CLYTUS, Hephestion, and LYSIMACHUS

bloody.
Clyt. Long live the king! long live great Alexander!
And conquest crown his arms with deathless laurels,
Propitious to his friends, and all he favours.
Alex. Did I not give command you

should preserve Lysimachus?

Heph. Dread sirl you did.

Alex. What then
Portend these bloody marks ?

Heph. Ere we arriv'd
Perdiccas had already plac'd the prince
In a lone court, all but his hands unarm'd.

Clyt. On them were gauntlets; such was his desir

In death to show the difference betwixt
The blood of Æacus and common men.
Forth issuing from his den amaz’d we saw
The horrid savage, with whose hideous roar
The palace shook: his angry eye-balls glaring
With triple fury menac'd death and ruin.

Heph. With unconcern the gallant prince advanc'd
Now, Parisatis, be the glory thine,
But mine the danger, were his only words;
For as he spoke the furious beast descry'd him,
And rus’d outrageous to devour his prey.

Clyt. Agile and vigorous, he avoids the shock With a slight wound, and as the lion turn'd Thrust gauntlet, arm and all into his throat, And with Herculean strength tears forth the tongue : Foaming and bloody, the disabled savage Sunk to the earth, and plough'd it with his teeth; While with an active bound your conq'ring soldier Leap'd on his back, and dash'd his scull in pieces.

Alex. By all my laurels 't was a godlike act!
And 'tis my glory as it shall be thine,
That Alexander could not pardon thee.
Oh, my brave soldier! think not all the prayers
And tears of the lamenting queens could move me
Like what thou hast perform’d: grow to my breast.
Lys. Thus, self.condemn'd, and conscious of my

guilt,
How shall I stand such unexampled goodness?
Oh, pardon, sir, the transports of despair,
The frantic outrage of ungovern'd love!

Ev'n when I show'd the greatest want of rev'rence I could have dy'd with rapture in your

service. Alex. Lysimachus, we both have been transported: But from this hour be certain of my heart. A lion be the impress of thy shield; And that gold armour we from Porus won Thy king presents thee- -But thy wounds ask rest.

Lys. I have no wounds, dread sir ! or if I had, Where they all mortal they should stream unminded When Alexander was the glorious health. Alex. Thy hand, Hephestion; clasp him to thy

heart, And wear him ever near thee, Parisatis Shall now be his who serves me best in war. Neither reply, but mark the charge give; Live, live as friends--you will, you must, you shall: 'Tis a god gives you life.

Clyt. On, monstrous vanity!
Alex. Hal what says Clytus ? who am I?
Clyt. The son of good King Philip.

Alex. By my kindred gods
'Tis false. Great Ammon gave me birth.

Clyt. I've done.
Alex. Clytus, what means that dress? Give him a

robe there. Take it and wear it.

Clyt. Sir, the wine, the weather,
Has heated me: besides, you know my humour.

Alex. Oh, it is not well! I'd rather perish, burn, Than be so singular and froward.

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