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ALEXANDER, HEPHESTION, Page, DIOGENES, APELLES.
〈Enter ALEXANDER, HEPHAESTION, and Page.〉
Alex. Stand aside sir boy, till you be called. Hephestion, how doe yee like the sweete face of Campaspe?
Hep. I cannot but commend the stoute courage of Timoclea.
Alex. Without doubt Campaspe had some great man to her father.
Hep. You know Timoclea had Theagines to her brother5.
Alex. Timoclea stil in thy mouth! art thou not in loue?
Hep. Not I.
Alex. Not with Timoclea you meane; wherein you resemble the Lapwing, who crieth most where her neast is not. And so you lead me from espying your loue with Campaspe, you cry Timoclea10.
Hep. Could I aswell subdue kingdomes, as I can my thoughtes; or were I as farre from ambition, as I am frõ loue; al the world wold account mee as valiant in armes, as I know my self moderate in affection.
Alex. Is loue a vice?15
Hep. It is no vertue.
Alex. Well, now shalt thou see what small difference I make betweene Alexander and Hephestion. And sith thou haste beene alwayes partaker of my triumphes, thou shalt be partaker of my tormẽtes. I loue, Hephestion, I loue! I loue Campaspe, a thing20 farre vnfit for a Macedonian, for a king, for Alexander. Why hangest thou down thy head Hephestion? blushing to heare that which I am not ashamed to tell.
Hep. Might my wordes craue pardon, and my counsel credite, I woulde both discharge the25 duetie of a subiect, for so I am, & the office of a friend, for so I will.
Alex. Speake Hephestion; for whatsoeuer is spoken, Hephestion speaketh to Alexander.
Hep. I can not tel, Alexander, whether the reporte be more shameful to be heard, or the cause sorrowfull to be beleeued!30 What! is the sonne of Phillip, king of Macedon, become the subiect of Campaspe, the captiue of Thebes? Is that minde, whose greatnes the world could not containe, drawn within the compasse of an idle alluring eie? Wil you handle the spindle with Hercules, when you____________________