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Out of his fearful and enormous being.
Thy heart, say rather—'t was thy heart, my child!
cou" Not ess.
[Turku.A remains silent. The Countess continues.
Thou mean'st to force him to thy liking –Child,
My name too is Friedland.
He shall have found a genuine daughter in me.
co to Nort'ss.
Unknown to me: "t is possible his aims May have the same direction as thy wish. But this can never, never be his will That thou, the daughter of his haughty fortunes, | Should'st e'er demean thee as a love-sick maiden; And like some poor cost-nothing, fling thyself Toward the man, who, if that high prize ever | Be destined to await him, yet, with sacrifices The highest love can bring, must pay for it. [Exit Couvress. raskla (who during the last speech had been standing evidently lost in her reflections). I thank thee for the hint. It turns My sad presentiment to certainty. And it is so!—Not one friend have we here, Not one true heart! we've nothing but ourselves! 0 she said rightly—no auspicious signs Ream on this covenant of our affections. This is no theatre, where hope abides: The dull thick noise of war alone stirs here; And love himself, as he were arm'd in steel, Steps forth, and girds him for the strife of death. [Music from the banquet-room is heard. There's a dark spirit walking in our house, And swiftly will the Destiny close on us. It drove me hither from my calm asylum, It mocks my soul with charning witchery, It lures me forward in a seraph's shape; I see it near, I see it nearer floating, It draws it pulls me with a god-like power— And lo! the abyss—and thither an I moving— I have no power within me not to move! [the music from the banquet-room becomes louder. O when a house is doom'd in fire to perish, Many and dark heaven drives his clouds together, Yea, shoots his lightnings down from sunny heights, Flames burst from out the subterraneous chastns, . "And fiends and angels mingling in their fury, Sling fire-brands at the burning edifice. [Exit Thekla.
SCEN E VIII.
A large saloon lighted up with festal Splendour; in the midst of it, and in the Centre of the stage, a Table richly set out, at which eight Generals are
sitting, among whom are Ocravio Piccolomixi, Tsarsky, and Maraos. Right and left of this, but further back, two other Tables, at each of which six Persons are placed. The Middle Door, u’hich is standing open, gives to the Prospect a fourth Table, with the same Number of Persons. More forward stand, the sideboard. The whole front of the stage is kept open for the Pages and servant, in u’aiting. The Fund of Music belonging to Trorsky's Regiment march across the stude, and draw up round the Tables. hefore they are quite off from the Front of the stage, Max. Piccolow in appears, Tentsky advances touards him with a
Paper, Isolant comes up to meet him with a Beaker or Service-cup.
Tearsky, Isola N1, Max. Piccoloniini.
Isol, A Ni. Here brother, what we love! Why, where hast been? Off to thv place—quick! Tertsky here has given The mother's holiday wine up to free booty. Here it goes on as at the Heidelberg castle. Already hast thou lost the best. They're giving At yonder table ducal crowns in shares; There's Sternberg's lands and chattels are put up, With Eggenberg's, Stawata's, Lichtenstein's, And all the great Bohemian feodalities. Beninble, lad! and something may turn up For thee—who knows? off—to thy place! quick! march rter exeach and Gortz (call out from the second and third tables). Count Piccolomini! tentSky. Stop, ye shall have him in an instant.—Read This oath here, whether as "t is here set forth, The wording satisfies you. They 've all read it, Each in his turn, and each one will subscribe His individual signature. Max. (reads). • Ingratis servire nefas." 1Sol M.N.I. That sounds to my ears very much like Latin, And being interpreted, pray what may’t mean? tearsky. No honest man will serve a thankless master. MAX. • Inasmuch as our supreme Commander, the illustrious Duke of Friedland, in consequence of the manifold affronts and grievances which he has received, had expressed his determination to quit the Emperor, but on our unanimous entreaty has graciously consented to remain still with the army, and not to part from us without our approbation thereof, so we, collectively and each in particular, in the stead of an oath personally taken, do hereby oblige ourselves—likewise by him honourably and faithfully to hold, and in nowise whatsoever from him to part, and to be ready to shed for his interests the last drop of our blood, so far, namely, as our oath to the Emperor will permit it. (These last words are repeated by Isolani.) In testimony of which we subscribe our names." tentsky. Now!—are you willing to subscribe this paper? isol. A NI. why should he not! All officers of honour Can do it, aye must do it.-Pen and ink here! tentsky. Nay, let it rest till after meal. isolani (drawing Max. along). Come, Max. [Both seat themselves at their table.
SCENE i x.
Teatsky (beckons to Neumann who is waiting at the
All right, I think. He has started no objection.
How looks it at your table: you forget not
O, quite cordial,
They are quite cordial in the scheme. We have them.
With or without the clause, all one to me?
A friend! I give you here my hand! I'm Your's
All powerful souls have kindred with each other.
teatsky. That's spoken like a man!
[Exeunt, each to his table.
The Mastea of the Cellan advancing with NEUMANN, servants passing backwards and forwards.
MASTER of the CELLAh. The best wine! 0: if my old mistress, his lady mother, could but see these wild goings on, she would turn herself round in her grave. Yes, yes, sir officer "t is all down the hill with this noble house! no end, no moderation And this marriage with the Duke's sister, a splendid connection, a very splendid connection! but I will tell you, sir officer, it looks no good. in Eusta N. N. heaven forbid! Why, at this very moment the whole prospect is in bud and blossom MastER of the CFLL.A.R. You think so?—Well, well! much may be said on that head. Fiast servant (comes). Burgundy for the fourth table. MAs ren of the cell.A.R. Now, sir lieutenant, if this an’t the seventieth flask– first serv ANT. Why, the reason is, that German lord, Tiefenbach sits at that table. Master or rus cellan (continuing his discourse to Nsum ANN). They are soaring too high. They would rival kings and electors in their pomp and splendour; and wherever the Duke leaps, not a minute does my gracious master, the count, loiter on the brink——(to the Serwants.)—What do you stand there listening for I will let you know you have let's presently. Off! see to the tables, see to the slasks' Look there! Count Palfi has an empty glass before him! nuxxen (comes). The great service-cup is wanted, sir; that rich gold cup with the Bohemian arms on it. The Count says you know which it is. masten of the cet. LA a. Ay! that was made for Frederick's coronation by the artist William—there was not such another prize in the whole booty at Prague. nunneR. The same!—a health is to go round in him. Master of the cellan (shaking his head while he fetches and rinses the cups). This will be something for the tale-bearers—this goes to Vienna. neu MAN N. Permit me to look at it.—Well, this is a cup indeed! How heavy! as well it may be, being all gold.—And what neat things are embossed on it! how natural and elegant they look"—There, on that first quarter, let me see. That proud Amazon there on horseback, she that is taking a leap over the crosier and mitres, and carries on a wand a hat together with a banner, on which there's a goblet represented. Can you tell me what all this signifies? mas reb of the cell. A R. The woman whom you see there on horseback, is the Frce Election of the Bohemian Crown. That is signified by the round hat, and by that fiery steed on which she is riding. The hat is the pride of man; for he who cannot keep his hat on before kings and emperors is no free man. neu Mann. But what is the cup there on the banner? at Astela of the cell. Att. The cup signifies the freedom of the Bohemian Church, as it was in our forefathers' times. Our forefathers in the wars of the Ilussites forced from the Pope this noble privilege: for the Pope, you know, will not grant the cup to any layman. Your true Moravian values nothing beyond the cup; it is his costly jewel, and has cost the Bohemians their precious blood in many and many a battle. Neu MAN N. And what says that chart that hangs in the air there, over it all? Master of the cell. Aft. That signifies the Bohemian letter-royal, which we forced from the Emperor Rudolph—a precious, never to be enough valued parchment, that secures to the new Church the old privileges of free ringing and open psalmody. But since he of Steiermark has ruled over us, that is at an end; and after the battle at Prague, in which Count Palatine Frederick lost crown and empire, our faith hangs upon the pulpit and the altar—and our brethren look at their homes over their shoulders; but the letter-royal the Emperor himself cut to pieces with his scissars. Neu M.A.N. N. why, my good Master of the Cellar! you are deep read in the chronicles of your country? Master of tile c El, LA e. So were my forefathers, and for that reason were the minstrels, and served under Procopius and Ziska. Peace be with their ashes! Well, well! they fought for a good cause though—There! carry it up! Neum ANN. Stay! let me but look at this second quarter. Look there! That is, when at Prague Castle the Imperial Counsellors, Martinitz and Stawata were hurled down head over heels. T is even so! there stands Count Thur who connands it. [Runner takes the service-cup and goes off with it.
MASTER of the CELLAB. 0 let me never more hear of that day. It was the three-and-twentieth of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand, six hundred, and eighteen. It seems to me as it were but yesterday—from that unlucky day it all began, all the heart-aches of the country. Since that day it is now sixteen years, and there has never once been peace on the earth. [Health drank aloud at the second table. The Prince of Weimar! Hurra! [At the third and fourth table. Long live Prince William! Long live Duke Bernard Hurra!
[Music strikes up. first seawa NT. Hear 'em! Hear 'em! What an uproar! second senvant (comes in running). Did you hear? They have drank the Prince of Wei mar's health. thifi D serva Nt. The Swedish Chief Commander! first seavant (speaking at the same time). The Lutheran' SECONd SERVANT. Just before, when Count Deodate gave out the Emperor's health, they were all as mum as a nibbling Inouse. MAster of the cellAR. Po, po! When the wine goes in, strange things come out. A good servant hears, and hears not!—You should be nothing but eyes and feet, except when you are called to. SEcond servant. [To the Runner, to whom he gives secretly a flask of wine, keeping his eye on the Master of the Cellar, standing between him and the Runner. Quick, Thomas! before the Master of the Cellar runs this way—’t is a slask of Frontignac 1–Snapped it up at the third table—Canst go off with it? Runner (hides it in his pocket). All right! [Exit the Second Servant. third servant (aside to the First). Be on the hark, Jack! that we may have right plenty to tell to father Quivoga—He will give us right plenty of absolution in return for it. First SERVANT. For that very purpose I am always having something to do behind Illo's chair.—He is the man for speeches to make you stare with ! MasTea of the cellah (to NEUMANN). Who, pray, may that swarthy man he, he with the cross, that is chatting so confidentially with Esterhats? NEumann. Ay! he too is one of those to whom they confide too much. He calls himself Maradas, a Spaniard is he. Master of the cellan (impatiently). Spaniard Spaniard!—I tell you, friend, nothing good comes of those Spaniards. All these out-landish fellows are little better than rogues.
1 There is a humour in the original which cannot be given in the translation. - Die Welschen alle,” etc. which word in classical German means the Italians alone; but in its first sense, and at present in the pulqar use of the word, signifies foreigners in general. our word wall-nuts, I suppose, means outlandish nuts-Wallar nuces, in German - Welsche Nüsse." T.
NEum ANN. Fy, fy! you should not say so, friend. There are among them our very best generals, and those on whom the Duke at this moment relies the most. Masteft of the cellan. [Taking the flask out of the Runner's pocket. My son, it will be broken to pieces in your pocket. [Tearsky hurries in, fetches away the paper and calls to a servant for Pen and Ink, and goes to the back of the stage. MAsrea of the cellan (to the Servants). The Lieutenant-General stands up.–Be on the watch. –Now! They break up.–0ff, and move back the forms. [They rise at all the tables, the servants hurry off the front of the stage to the Tables; part of the guests come forward.
Octavio Piccolomini enters in conversation with MAmadas, and both place themselves quite on the edge of the Stage on one side of the Proscenium. On the side directly opposite, Max. Piccolomini, by himself, lost in thought, and taking no part in anything that is going forward. The middle space between both, but rather more distant from the edge of the stage, is filled up by Butler, Isolani, Gortz, Tiefenbach, and Kolarto.
isolani (while the Company is coming forward). Good night, good night, Kolatto! Good night, Lieutenant-General!—I should rather say, good morning. Goetz (to TiEFENBAch). Noble brother! (making the usual compliment after meals.) Tiefenbach. Ay!'t was a royal feast indeed. Goetz. Yes, my Lady Countess understands these matters. Her mother-in-law, Heaven rest her soul, taught her! —Ah! that was a housewife for you - Tiefenbach. There was not her like in all Bohemia for setting out a table. octavio (aside to MARADAs). Dome the favour to talk to me—taik of what you will—or of nothing. Only preserve the appearance at least of talking. I would not wish to stand by myself, and yet I conjecture that there will be goings on here worthy of our attentive observation. (He continues to fix his eye on the whole following scene.) isolani (on the point of going). Lights! lights! tearsky (advances with the paper to Isolani). Noble brother; two minutes longer!—Here is something to subscribe. isol, Ani. Subscribe as much as you like—but you must excuse me from reading it. tentsky. There is no need. It is the oath which you have already read.—Only a few marks of your pen! [Isolani hands over the Paper to Octavio respectfully. tentsky. Nay, nay, first come first served. There is no prece
Excuse me. tiefenbach (sits down). Pardon me, nobles!—This standing does not agree with me. Tentsky. Consult only your own convenience, General Tiefenbach. Clear at head, sound in stomach—only my legs won't carry me any longer. isolani (pointing at his corpulence). Poor legs! how should they! Such an unmerciful load! (Octavio subscribes his name, and reaches over the Paper to Trarsky, who gives it to Isolani; and he goes to the table to sign his name.) Tiefenbach. "T was that war in Pomerania that first brought it on. Out in all weathers—ice and snow—no help for it—I shall never get the better of it all the days of my life. Goetz. Why, in simple verity, your Swede makes no nice inquiries about the season. Tehrsky (observing 1solani, whose hand trembles excessively, so that he can scarce direct his peny. Have you had that ugly complaint long, noble brother?— Dispatch it. isolant. The sins of youth ! I have already tried the chalybeate waters. Well—I must bear it. [Thatsky gives the Paper to MARADAs; he steps to the table to subscribe. octavio (advancing to Burlen). You are not over fond of the orgies of Bacchus, Colonel! I have observed it. You would, I think, find yourself more to your liking in the uproar of a battle, than of a feast. BurLER. I must confess, t is not in my way. octavio (stopping nearer to him friendlily). Nor in mine either, I can assure you; and I am not a little glad, my much-honoured Colonel Butler, that we agree so well in our opinions. A half dozen good friends at most, at a small round table, a glass of genuine Tokay, open hearts, and a rational conversation—that 's my taste' hurler. And mine too, when it can be had. [The paper comes to Tiefenbach, who qlances over it at the same time with Goerz and Kolarro. MAmadas in the mean time returns to Octavio. All this takes place, the conversation with Burlin proceeding uninterrupted.