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O let the Emperor make peace, my father!
MAX. 'T was the first leisure of
The joyous vespers of a bloody day.
0! that you should speak
MAX (turning round to him, quick and vehement).
on you !
O tell me,
0! day thrice lovely! when at length the soldier
Curse on this journey! Returns home into life; when he becomes
QUESTENBERG. A fellow-man among his fellow-men.
But why so? What is it?
Come, come along, friend! I must follow up
Are opeo'd now, and I must use them. Come ! With green boughs, the last plundering of the fields.
[Draws QUESTENBERG on with him. The city gates fly open of themselves,
QUESTENBERG. They need no longer the petard to tear them.
What now? Where go you then ?
To her herself.
OCTAVIO (interrupting him, and correcting himself).
I see the net that is thrown over him.
Oh! be returns not to me as he went.
Nay, but cxplain yourself.
The five is the first pumber that's made up
Of even and odd.
The foolish old coxcomb!
Ey! let him alone though. I like to hear him; there Cut what's loo late? Bethink yourself, my friend, is more in his words than can be seen at first sight. That you are talking absolute riddles to me.
Off, they come.
SECOND SERVANT. Which he appointed you for audience. Come!
There! Out at the side-door. A curse, a threefold curse, upon this journey!
[They hurry off. Sent follows slowly. A Page [He leads QUESTENBERG off.
brings the staff of command on a red cashion, and places it on the table near the Duke's
chair, SCENE VI.
They dre announced from without,
and the wings of the door fly open. Changes to a spacious Chamber in the House of the Duke
of Friedland. – Servants employed in putting the tables and chairs in order. During this enters Sent,
SCENE VIT. like an old Italian doctor, in black, and clothed
WALLENSTEIN, DUCHESS. somewhat fantastically. He carries a while staff, with which he marks out the quarters of the heaven.
You went then through Vienna, were presented
To the Queen of Hungary?
Yes; and to the Empress too, be there in a minute.
And by both Majesties were we admitted
To kiss the band.
WALLENSTEIN. be held here? Nothing prepared-no orders—no in
And how was it received, structions
That I had sent for wife and daughter hither
To the camp, in winter-time?
DUCHESS. manded, that with the great worked carpet?—there one
I did even that can look about one.
Which you commission'd me to do. I told them,
You had determined on our daughter's marriage, Nay, that you must ask the mathematician there. He
And wish'd, ere yet you went into the field, says it is an unlucky chamber.
To show the elected husband luis betrothed.
DUCHESS. signify in the affair?
They only hoped and wishi'd it may have fallen
Upon no foreign nor yet Lutheran noble.
WALLENSTEIN. Nothing! But yet in every earthly thing
And you—what do you wish, Elizabeth ?
Your will, you know, was always mine.
WALLENSTEIN (after a pause). let him have luis own will.
Well then! SENI (counts the chairs, half in a loud, half in a low
And in all else, of what kind and complexion voice, till he comes to eleven, which he repeats).
Was your reception at the court ? Eleven! an evil number! Set twelve chairs.
[The Duchess casts her eyes on the ground, and Twelve! twelve signs hath the zodiac: five and seven,
remains silent. The lioly numbers, include themselves in twelve.
Hide nothing from me. How were you received ?
A canker-worm, my lord, a cauker-worm
Has stolen into the bud. Eleven is transgression; eleven oversteps
Ay' is it so!
What, they were lax? they fail'd of the old respect? That's good! and why do you call five an holy number?
No honours were omitted,
No outward courtesy; but in the place Tive is the soul of man: for even as man
Of condescending, confidential kindness, Is mingled up of good and evil, so
Familiar and endearing, there were given me
Not of respect.
Only these honours and that solemn courtesy.
I cannot utter it!
WALLENSTEIN. No! Albrecht's wife, Duke Albrecht's princely wife,
Proceed! Count Harrach's noble daughter, should not som
Well! They raild at it, no doubt.
Of a second--(catches her voice and hesitates). O that they had!
More disgraceful O Heaven! in such oppressive, solemn silence!
Strides across the Chamber in vchement agitation. Has taken place. The Queen of Hungary
0! they force, they thrust me Used formerly to call me her dear aunt,
With violence against my own will, onward!
DUCHESS (presses near to him, in entreaty).
0! if there yet be time, my husband ! if Now she omitted it?
By giving way and by submission, this DUCRESS (wiping away her lears, after a panse). Can be averted---my dear lord, give way! She did embrace me,
Win down your proud heart to it! Tell that heart, But then first when I had already taken
It is your sovereign lord, your Emperor My formal leave, and when the door already
Before whom you retreat. O let no longer Had closed upon me, then did she come out
Low tricking malice blacken your good meaning In haste, as she had suddenly bethought herself, With abhorr'd venomous glosses. Stand you up And press'd me to her bosom, more with anguish Shielded and helm'd and weapou'd with the truth, Than tenderness.
And drive before you into uttermost shame WALLENSTEIN (seizes her hand soothingly). These slanderous liars! Few firm friends have weNay, now collect yourself.
You know it! The swift growth of our good fortune, And what of Eggenberg and Lichtenstein,
It hath but set us up a mark for hatred.
What are we, if the sovereign's grace and favour
Stand not before us!
Enter the Countess TERTSKY, leading in her hand the
Princess TheKLA, richly adorned with Brilliants. Silent, silent!
COUNTESS, TIEKLA, WALLENSTEIN, DUCHESS.
How, sister! What, already upon business;
[Observing the countenance of the Duchess. DUCHESS.
And business of no pleasing kind I see, And were it-were it, my dear lord, in that
Ere he has gladden'd at his child. The first Which moved about the court in buzz and whisper,
Moment belongs to joy. Here, friedland! father! But in the country let itself he beard
This is thy daughter. Aloud-in that which Father Lamormain
[THEKLA approaches with a shy and timid air, and In sundry hints and-.WALLENSTEIN (eagerly).
bends herself as about to kiss his hand. He receives
her in his arms, and remains standing for some Lamormain! what said he ?
time lost in the feeling of her presence. That you 're accused of having daringly
Yes ! pure and lovely hath hope rised on me:
I take her as the pledge of greater fortune.
'T was but a little child when you departed That there's a storm collecting over you
To raise up that great army for the Emperor:Of far more fearful menace than that former one
And after, at the close of the campaign, Which whirld you headlong down at Regensbury.
When you return'd home out of Pomerania And people talk, said he, of ---Ah!
Your daughter was already in the convent, [Stifling extreme emotion. Wherein she has remaind till now.
No! 't was not so intended, that my business Should be my highest best good-fortune! [Tertsky enters, and delivers letters to the Duke, which he breaks open hurryingly.
COUNTESS (to Max.). Remunerate your trouble! For his joy He makes you recompense.
'T is not unfitting For
you, Count Piccolomini, to feel So tenderly-my brother it beseems To show himself for ever great and princely.
Then I too must have scruples of his love : For his munificent hands did ornament me Ere yet the father's heart had spoken to me.
We in the field here gave onr cares and toils
DUCHESS (to THEKLA).
years, When last she saw your face.
O yes, yes, mother!
[Then after a pause. I was indignant at my destioy, That it denied me a man-child to be lleir of my name and of my prosperous fortune, And re-illume my soon extinguish'd being In a proud line of prioces. I wrongd my destiny. Here
[lle clasps her in his arms as PiCCOLOMINI enters.
't is his nature ever to be giving And making happy. [lle grasps the hand of the Duchess with still increasing warmth.
heart Its all of thanks to him !0! how I seem To ulter all things in the dear name Friedland. While I shall live, so long will I remain The captive of this name : in it shall bloom My every fortune, every lovely hope. Inextricably as in some magic ring In this name hath my destiny charm-bound me! COUNTESS (who during this time has been anxiously
watching the Duke, and remarks that he is lost in
thought over the letters). My brother wishes us to leave him. Come. WALLENSTEIN (turns himself round quick, collects him
self, and speaks with cheerfulness to the Duchess). Once more I bid thee welcome to the camp, Thou art the hostess of this court. You, Max. Will now again administer your old office, While we perform the sovereign's business here. [Max. PiccoloMINI offers the Duchess his arm; the
Countess accompanies the Princess.
TERTSKY (calling after him).
Enter Max. PICCOLOMINI, and some time after Count
My General -
WALLENSTEIN. Till now it was the Emperor who rewarded thee, I but the instrument. This day thou hast bound The father to thee, Max! the fortunate father, And this debt Friedland's sclf must pay.
WALLENSTEIN, Count TERTSKY.
WALLENSTEIN (in deep thought to himself). She hath seen all things as they are-It is so, And squares completely with my other notices. They have determined Sinally in Vienna, Have given me my successor already; It is the king of Hungary, Ferdinand, The Emperor's delicate son! he's now their saviour, He's the new star that 's rising now! Of us They think themselves already fairly rid, And as we were deceased, the heir already Js entering on possession - Therefore-dispatch! [As he turns round he observes Tertsky, and gives
him a letter. Count Altringer will bave himself excused, And Galas 100-I like noi this!
My prince! You made no common hurry to transfer it. I come with shame: yea, not without a pang! For scarce have I arrived here, scarce deliver'd The mother and the daughter to your arms, But there is brought to me from your equerry A splendid richly-plated hunting dress So to remunerate me for my troubles---Yes, yes, remunerate mc! Since a trouble It must be, a mere office, not a favour Which I leapı forward to reccive, and which I came already with full heart to thank you for.
And if Thou loiterest longer, all will fall away, One following the other.
Is master of the Tyrol passes.
I must forthwith Send some one to him, that he let not in The Spaniards on me from the Milanese. --Well, and the old Sesin, that ancient trader In contraband negociations, he Has shown himself again of late. What brings he From the Count Thur?
Had you meant nothing further than to gull him
And from whence dost thou know
The Count communicates, He has found out the Swedish chancellor At Halberstadt, where the convention 's held, Who says, you've tired him out, and that he 'll have No further dealings with you.
And wliy so?
So then, doubtless,
So hast thou always played thy game with us.
ILLO, WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY.
How hath Isolan Declared himself?
He's your's, both soul and body, Since
Nay, yield them up that dot, that speck of land-
You will deal, however, More fairly with the Saxons ? They lose patience While
shift ground and make so many curves.
Thou teachest me to know my man? Sixteen campaigns I have made with that old warrior. Besides, I have his horoscope: We both are born beneath like stars-in short
[With an air of mystery. To this belongs its own particular aspect, If therefore thou canst warrant me the rest-
But how can it be known that you 're in earnest,