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That his example will win over to you
Has now betray'd it, I too must no longer
COUNTESS. He is under recent obligations to me :
She loves him! With him will I commence the trial. Go.
WALLENSTEIN [Exit ILLO.
Loves him! Whom? WALLENSTEIN (turns himself round to the females).
Hast thou ne'er noticed it? Nor yet my sister ?
Was it this that lay so heavy on her heart!
God's blessing on thee, my sweet child! Thou need'st "T is long since we've been thus together, brother. Never take shame upon thee for thy choice. WALLENSTEIN (to the Countess aside).
This journey, if 't were not thy aim, ascribe it
To have attended her.
And does he know it?
COUNTESS. Thy mother praised to me thy ready skill :
Yes, and he hopes to win her. She says a voice of melody dwells in thee,
WALLENSTEIN. Which doth enchant the soul. Now such a voice
Hopes to win her! Will drive away from me the evil dæmon
Is the boy niad? That beats his black wings close above my
Well-hear it from themselves.
WALLENSTEIN. Hear some small trial of thy skill.
He thinks to carry off Duke Friedland's daugliter!
Ay?- The thought pleases mie.
Since Trembling? Come, collect thyself. Go, cheer Such and such constant favour you have shown him. Thy father.
He chuses finally to be my heir.
And true it is, I love the youth ; yea, honour luim.
But must he therefore be my daughter's husband ! How, what is that, niece?
Is it daughters only? Is it only children
That we must show our favour by?
DUCHESS. Of the o'erburthen'd soul-to sing to him,
His noble disposition and his manners Who is thrusting, even now, my mother headlong
WALLENSTEIN. Into her grave.
Win him my heart, but not my daughter.
His rank, his ancestorsIn vain?
He is a subject, and my
I will seek out upon the thrones of Europe.
What? have I paid
And jut out high above the common herd,
Only to close the mighty part I play
In Life's great drama, with a common kinsman?
Have I for this-
[Stops suddenly, repressing himself. Say, is she often so ?
She is the only thing
That will remain behind of me on earth;
And I will see a crown around her head,
Or die in the attempt to place it there.
[He recollects himself.
O my husband! You ’re ever building, building to the clouds, Still building higher, and suill higher building, And ne'er retlect, that the poor narrow basis Cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
WALLENSTEIN (to the COUNTEss). Have
you announced the place of residence Which I have destined for her?
No! not yet. 'T were better you yourself disclosed it to her.
They are off! This night The Jägers likewise-all the villages In the whole round are emply.
To them enter ILLO.
ILLO. Ilas Tertsky told thee?
He knows all.
Friedland's wife may be permitted No longer to hope that.
O God in heaven! And have you brought it even to this !
In Holland You 'll find protection.
In a Lutheran country?
COUNTESS (aside to the Duke).
And likewise That Esterhatzy, Goetz, Maradas, Kaunitz, Kolatto, Palfi, have forsaken thee.
TERTSKY. Damnation !
WALLENSTEIN (winks at them). Hush ! COUNTESS (who has been watching them anxiously from
the distance and now advances to them). Tertsky! Heaven! What is it? What has happen'd?
WALLENSTEIN (scarcely suppressing his emotions). Nothing ! let us be gone!
TERTSKY (following him).
Theresa, it is nothing.
[TERTSKY follows the Page.
WALLENSTEIN. Go, hear his business.
This could not have happen'd
It should have been kept secret from the army, Let Tiefenbach leave guard without delay,
Till fortune had decided for us at Prague. And Tertsky's grenadiers relieve him. (Illo is going).
O that thou hadst believed me! Yester evening Stop!
Did we conjure thee not to let that skulker, Hast thou heard aught of Butler?
That fox, Octavio, pass the gates of Pilsen.
Thou gavest him thy own horses to flee from thee. Ilim I met:
WALLENSTEIN He will be here himself immediately.
The old tune still! Now, once for all, no more Butler remains unshaken.
Of this suspicion-it is doting folly.
Thou didst confide in Isolani too;
And lo! he was the first that did desert thee.
It was but yesterday I rescued him
I never reckond yet on gratitude.
And wherein doth he wrong in going from me? We are in camp, and this is nought unusual ;
He follows still the god whom all his life Here storm and sunshine follow one another
He has worshipp'd at the gaming-table. With With rapid interchanges. These fierce spirits
My Fortune, and my seeming destiny, Champ the curb angrily, and never yet
He made the bond, and broke it not with me. Did quiet bless the temples of the leader.
I am but the ship in which bis hopes were stow'd, If I am to stay, go you. The plaints of women
And with the which well-pleased and confident Ill suit the scene where men must act.
He traversed the open sea; now he beholds it [He is going : TERTSKY returns. In eminent jeopardy among the coast-rocks, TERTSKY.
And hurries to preserve his wares. As light
As the free bird from the hospitable twig
Where it had nested, he flies off from me:
No human tie is snapp'd betwixt us two.
Yea, he deserves to find himself deceived
Who seeks a heart in the unthinking man.
Like shadows on a stream, the forms of life
Impress their characters on the smooth forehead, TERTSKY (leads the Countess aside, and drawing her Nought sinks into the bosom's silent depth : attention to the Ducuess).
Quick sensibility of pain and pleasure Theresa !
Moves the light fluids lightly; but no soul
Warmeth the inner frame.
Yet, would I rather
Trust the smooth brow than that deep furrowd one.
WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, ILLO.
ILLO (who enters agitated with rage). There are strange movements among all the troops,
Treason and mutiny!
TERTSKY. And no one knows the cause. Mysteriously,
And what further now? With gloomy silentness, the several corps
Tiefenbach's soldiers, when I gave the orders
To go off guard-Mutinous villains !
TERTSKY. In their own quarters, and let no one enter.
What followed ?
They refused obedience to them.
Fire on them instantly! Give out the order.
They said,, had right to issue orders but But whence arose this larum in the camp?
WALLENSTEIN (in a convulsion of agony). WALLENSTEIN (meets him with outspread arms, and emWhat? How is that?
braces him with warmth.)
Come to my heart, old comrade! Not the sun He takes that office op him by commission,
Looks out upon us more revivingly
In the earliest month of spring,
Than a friend's countenance in such an hour.
My General: I come-
WALLENSTEIN (leaning on Butler's shoulders). The Generals made that stealthy flight
Know'st thou already?
That old man has betray'd me to the Emperor.
What say'st thou? Thirty years have we together
Lived out, and held out, sharing joy and hardship. Caraffa and Montecuculi,
We have slept in one camp-bed, drunk from one glass, Are missing, with six other Generals,
One morsel shared! I lean'd myself on him, All whom he had induced to follow him.
As now I lean me on thy faithful shoulder. This plot he has long kad in writing by him
And now in the very moment, when, all love, From the Emperor; but 't was finally concluded
All confidence, my bosom beat to his, With all the detail of the operation
He sees and takes the advantage, stabs the knife Some days ago with the Envoy Questenberg.
Slowly into my heart. (WALLENSTEIN sinks down into a chair and covers
(He hides his face on Butler's breast.
Forget the false one.
Courage, my soul! I am still rich in friends,
Still loved by Destiny; for in the moment,
That it unmasks the plotting hypocrite,
It sends and proves to me one faithful heart. For heaven's sake, tell me, what has taken place?
Of the hypocrite no more! Think not, his loss
Was that which struck the pang: 0 no! his treason ILLO. The regiments are all falling off from us.
Is that which strikes this pang! No more of himn!
Dear to my heart, and honour'd were they both, Octavio Piccolomini is a traitor.
And the young man-yes-he did truly love me,
He-he-has not deceived me. But enough, O my foreboding!
(Rushes out of the room. Enough of this—Swift counsel now beseems us. TERTSKY.
The Courier, whom Count Kinsky sent from Prague
He may bring with him, we must take good care
To keep it from the mutineers. Quick, then!
Dispatch some messenger you can rely on Wrought counter to the stars and destiny.
To meet him, and conduct him to me. The science is still hopest: this false heart
[Illo is going. Forces a lie on the truth-telling heaven.
BUTLER (detaining him). On a divine law divination rests;
My General, whom expect you then? Where nature deviates from that law, and stumbles
WALLENSTEIN. Out of her limits, there all science errs.
The Courier True, I did not suspect! Were it superstition
Who brings me word of the event at Prague.
And what now?
You do not know it? ’T was not thy prudence that did conquer mine;
WALLENSTEIN. A bad heart triumph d o'er an hopest
Well? No shield received the assassin stroke; thou plungest Thy weapon on an unprotected breast
From what that larum in the camp arose ? Against such weapons I am but a child.
WALLENSTEIN (with eager expectation).
A proud commander with his army following ;
Is already here. If we must wander on from land to land,
Like the Count Palatine, of fallen greatness
An ignominious monument-But no!
That day I will not see! And could himself
Endure to sink so low, I would not bear
To see him so low sunken.
COUNTESS, Duchess, TEEKLA.
THEKLA (endeavouring to hold back the DUCHESS). In custody.
Dear mother, do stay here!
No! Here is yet
Why does my sister shun me? Don't I see her
Full of suspense and anguish roam about
From room to room?- Art thou not full of terror?
And what import these silent nods and gestures
Nothing, dear mother!
DUCHESS (to the Countess).
Sister, I will know.
What boots it now to hide it from her? Sooner
Or later she must learn to hear and bear it. Yes! Prague is lost. And all the several regiments "T is not the time now to indulge infirmity; At Budweiss, Tabor, Brannau, Konigingratz,
Courage beseems us now, a heart collect, At Brun and Znaym, have forsaken you,
And exercise and previous discipline And ta'en the oaths of fealty anew
Of fortitude. One word, and over with it! To the Emperor. Yourself, with Kinsky, Tertsky,
Sister, you are deluded. You believe, And Illo have been sentenced.
The Duke has been deposed–The Duke is not [Tertsky and Illo express alarm and fury. Wal
THEKLA (going to the COUNTESS.)
What? do you wish to kill her? 'Tis decided!
COUNTESS. 'T is well! I bave received a sudden cure
The Duke is-From all the pangs of doubt : with steady stream
THEKLA (throwing her arms round her mother. Once more my life-blood flows! My soul's secure!
O stand firm! stand firm, my mother! In the night only Friedland's stars can beam.
Revolted is the Duke ; he is preparing
SCENE-A spacious Room in the Duke of FRIEDLAND'S COUNTESS TERTSKY (enters from a side-room).
Palace. I can endure no longer. No!
WALLENSTEIN (in armour). (Looks around her. Thou hast gain'd thy point, Octavio! Once more am I Where are they!
Almost as friendless as at Regensburg. No one is here. They leave me all alone,
There I had nothing left me, but myself — Alone in this sore anguish of suspense.
But what one man can do, you have now experience. And I must wear the outward show of calmness The twigs have you hew'd off, and here I stand Before my sister, and shut in within me
A leafless trunk. But in the sap within The pangs and agonies of my crowded bosom.
Lives the creating power,
and a new world It is not to be borne. If all should fail ;
May sprout forth from it. Once already have I If-if he must go over to the Swedes,
Proved myself worth an army to you-1 alone! An empty-handed fugitive, and not
Before the Swedish strength your troops had melted; As an ally, a covenanted equal,
Beside the Lech sunk Tilly, your last hope;