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DUCHESS.

COUNTESS.

Not yet.

THEKLA.

That his example will win over to you

Has now betray'd it, I too must no longer
The best men in the army.

Conceal it.
WALLENSTEIN

WALLENSTEIN.
Go and send

What?
Isolani hither. Send him immediately.

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).

COUNTESS,
Lo, there the mother with the darling daughter : Max. does she love! Max. Piccolomini.
For once we 'll have an interval of rest-

Hast thou ne'er noticed it? Nor yet my sister ?
Come! my heart yearns to live a cloudless hour
In the beloved circle of my family.

Was it this that lay so heavy on her heart!
COUNTESS.

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).

COUNTESS.
Can she sustain the news? Is she prepared ?

This journey, if 't were not thy aim, ascribe it
To thine own self. Thou shouldst have chosen another

To have attended her.
WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.
Come here, my sweet girl! Seat thee by me,

And does he know it?
For there is a good spirit on thy lips.

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

head.

COUNTESS.
DUCHESS.

Well-hear it from themselves.
Where is thy lute, my daughter? Let thy father

WALLENSTEIN. Hear some small trial of thy skill.

He thinks to carry off Duke Friedland's daugliter!

Ay?- The thought pleases mie.
My mother!
The young man has no grovell spirit.

COUNTESS.

Since Trembling? Come, collect thyself. Go, cheer Such and such constant favour you have shown him. Thy father.

WALLENSTEIN.

He chuses finally to be my heir.
O my mother! I-I cannot

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
THEKLA (to the COUNTESS).

That we must show our favour by?
O spare me—sing-now-in this sore anxiety,

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.

DUCHESS.
How, Thekla! Humoursome?

Then
What! shall thy father have express'd a wish

His rank, his ancestorsIn vain?

WALLENSTEIN.

Ancestors! What?
Here is the lute.

He is a subject, and my

son-in-law

I will seek out upon the thrones of Europe.
My God! how can l-

DUCHESS.
(The orchestra plays. During the ritornelio TAEKLA O dearest Albrecht! Climb we not too high,
expresses in her gestures and countenance the Lest we should fall too low.

WALLENSTEIN.
struggle of her feelings : and at the moment
that she should begin to sing, contracts herself

What? have I paid
together, as one shuddering, throws the instru- A price so heavy to ascend this eminence,
ment down, and retires abruptly.

And jut out high above the common herd,
DUCHESS.

Only to close the mighty part I play
My child! O she is ill-

In Life's great drama, with a common kinsman?
WALLENSTEIN.

Have I for this-
Wliat ails the maiden?

[Stops suddenly, repressing himself. Say, is she often so ?

She is the only thing

That will remain behind of me on earth;
COUNTESS.
Since then herself

And I will see a crown around her head,

DUCHESS.

THEKLA.

COUNTESS.

DUCHESS.

COUNTESS.

THEKLA.

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Or die in the attempt to place it there.
I hazard all-all! and for this alone,
To lift her into greatness-
Yea, in this moment, in the which we are speaking-

[He recollects himself.
And I must now, like a soft-hearted father,
Couple together in good peasant-fashion
The pair, that chance to suit each other's liking-
And I must do it now, even now, when I
Am stretching out the wreath that is to twine
My full accomplish'd work-no! she is the jewel,
Which I have treasured long, my last, my noblest,
And 't is my purpose not to let her from me
For less than a king's sceptre.

DLCHESS.

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?

COUNTESS.

No! not yet. 'T were better you yourself disclosed it to her.

DUCHESS.
How? Do we not return to Karn then?

WALLENSTEIN, What?

TERTSKY.

They are off! This night The Jägers likewise-all the villages In the whole round are emply.

WALLENSTEIN.

Isolani ?

TERTSKY.
Him thou hast sent away. Yes, surely.

WALLENSTEIN.

I?

TERTSKY
No! Hast thou not sent him off? Nor Deodate?
They are vanish'd both of them.

WALLENŠTEIN.

No.

SCENE VI.

To them enter ILLO.

ILLO. Ilas Tertsky told thee?

TERTSKY.

He knows all.

ILLO.

DUCHESS.
And to no other of your lands or seats?

WALLENSTEIN.
You would not be secure there.

DUCHESS.

Not secure
In the Emperor's realms, beneath the Emperor's
Protection:

WALLENSTEIN.

Friedland's wife may be permitted No longer to hope that.

DUCHESS.

O God in heaven! And have you brought it even to this !

WALLENSTEIN.

In Holland You 'll find protection.

DUCHESS.

In a Lutheran country?
What? And you send us into Lutheran countries ?

WALLENSTEIN.
Duke Franz of Lauenburg conducts you thither.

DUCHESS.
Duke Franz of Lauenburg?
The ally of Sweden, the Emperor's enemy.

WALLENSTEIN,
The Emperor's enemies are mine no longer.
DUCHESS (casting a look of terror on the Duke and the

COUNTES).
Is it then true? It is. You are degraded?
Deposed from the command? O God in heaven!

COUNTESS (aside to the Duke).
Leave her in this belief. Thou seest she cannot
Support the real truth.

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.
COUNTESS (holding him back).
Nothing? Do I not see, that all the life-blood
Has left your cheeks-look you not like a ghost ?
That even my brother but affects a calmness?

PAGE (enters).
An Aide-de-Camp inquires for the Count Tertsky.

[TERTSKY follows the Page.

WALLENSTEIN. Go, hear his business.

(To Illo).

This could not have happen'd
So unsuspected without mutiny.
Who was on guard at the gates ?

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WALLENSTEIN.

TERTSKY.

ILLO.

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.
[lllo exit. WALLENSTEIN is following him.

TERTSKY.
COUNTESS,

Thou didst confide in Isolani too;
Let him not leave thee, sister!

co,
detain him!

And lo! he was the first that did desert thee.
There's some misfortune.

WALLENSTEIN.
DUCHESS (clinging to him).

It was but yesterday I rescued him
Gracious heaven! What is it? From abject wretchedness. Let that go by;
WALLENSTEIN.

I never reckond yet on gratitude.
Be tranquil! leave me, sister ! dearest wife!

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
Remain here. Prom this window must we see it.

As the free bird from the hospitable twig
WALLENSTEIN (to the Countess).

Where it had nested, he flies off from me:
Sister, retire!

No human tie is snapp'd betwixt us two.
COUNTESS.

Yea, he deserves to find himself deceived
No-never.

Who seeks a heart in the unthinking man.
WALLENSTEIN.

Like shadows on a stream, the forms of life
T is my will.

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.
Sister, come! since he commands it.

TERTSKY.

Yet, would I rather

Trust the smooth brow than that deep furrowd one.
SCENE VII.
WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY.

SCENE VIII.
WALLENSTEIN (stepping to the window).

WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, ILLO.
What now, then ?

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

ILLO.
Marshal themselves, each under its own banners.

Tiefenbach's soldiers, when I gave the orders
Tiefenbach's corps make threat'ning movements; only
The Pappenheimers still remain aloof

To go off guard-Mutinous villains !

TERTSKY. In their own quarters, and let no one enter.

Well! WALLENSTEIN,

WALLENSTEIN.
Docs Piccolomini appear among them?

What followed ?
TERTSKY
We are seeking his : he is no where to be met with.

They refused obedience to them.
WALLENSTEIN.
What did the Aide-de-Camp deliver to you?

Fire on them instantly! Give out the order.
TERTSKY.

WALLENSTEIN.
My regiments bąd dispatch'd him ; yet once more Gently! what cause did they assign?
They swear fidelity to thee, and wait
The shout for onset, all prepared, and eager.

No other,
WALLENSTEIN.

They said,, had right to issue orders but But whence arose this larum in the camp?

Lieutenant-General Piccolomini.

DUCHESS.

TERTSKY.

ILLO.

TERTSKY.

ILLO.

ILLO,

ILLO,

too,

his face.

COUNTESS.

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
Under sign-manual of the Emperor.

In the earliest month of spring,
TERTSKY.

Than a friend's countenance in such an hour.
From the Emperor-hear'st thou, Duke?

BUTLER.
ILLO.

My General: I come-
At his incitement

WALLENSTEIN (leaning on Butler's shoulders). The Generals made that stealthy flight

Know'st thou already?
TERTSKY.

That old man has betray'd me to the Emperor.
Duke! hear'st thou?

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.

BUTLER
TERTSKY.
O hadst thou but believed me!

Forget the false one.
What is your present purpose ?

WALLENSTEIN.
SCENE IX.

Well remember'd!
To them enter the COUNTESS.

Courage, my soul! I am still rich in friends,

Still loved by Destiny; for in the moment,
This suspense,

That it unmasks the plotting hypocrite,
This horrid fear-I can no longer bear it.

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
Hadst thou but believed me! I expect him every moment: and whatever
Now seest thou how the stars have lied to thee.

He may bring with him, we must take good care
WALLENSTEIN.

To keep it from the mutineers. Quick, then!
The stars lic not; but we have here a work

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.
Never by suclı suspicion i' have affronted

BUTLER (hesitating).
The human form, O may that time ne'er come
In which I shame me of the infirmity.

WALLENSTEIN.
The wildest savage drinks not with the victim,

And what now?
Into whose breast he means to plunge the sword.
This, this, Octavio, was no hero's deed:

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.

From what?
SCENE X,

BUTLER.
To these enter BUTLER.

That Courier--
TERTSKY (meeting him).

WALLENSTEIN (with eager expectation).
O look there! Butler! Here we've still a friend!

Well?

TERTSKY.

COUNTESS.

Hem!

BUTLER

BUTLER.

BUTLER

BUTLER.

DUCHESS.

BUTLER.

BUTLER

THEKLA,

BUTLER.

BUTLER.

A proud commander with his army following ;

Is already here. If we must wander on from land to land,
TERTSKY and illo (at the same time).

Like the Count Palatine, of fallen greatness
Already here?

An ignominious monument-But no!
WALLENSTEIN.

That day I will not see! And could himself
My Courier ?

Endure to sink so low, I would not bear

To see him so low sunken.
For some hours.
WALLENSTEIN.

SCENE XII.
And I not know it?

COUNTESS, Duchess, TEEKLA.
The centinels detain him

THEKLA (endeavouring to hold back the DUCHESS). In custody.

Dear mother, do stay here!
ILLO (stamping with his foot).
Damnation !

No! Here is yet
Some frightful mystery that is hidden from me.
And his letter

Why does my sister shun me? Don't I see her
Was broken open, and is circulated

Full of suspense and anguish roam about
Through the whole camp.

From room to room?- Art thou not full of terror?
WALLENSTEIN.
You know what it contains ? Which stealthwise thou exchangest with her?

And what import these silent nods and gestures
Question me not!

Nothing:
TERTSKY

Nothing, dear mother!
Illo! alas for us.

DUCHESS (to the Countess).
WALLENSTEIN.

Sister, I will know.
Hide nothing from me, I can hear the worst.

COUNTESS.
Prague then is lost.
It is. Confess it freely.

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

Deposed-he is--
LENSTEIN remains firm and collected.

THEKLA (going to the COUNTESS.)
WALLENSTEIN

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.

COINTESS.
Lingering irresolute, with fitful fears

Revolted is the Duke ; he is preparing
I drew the sword-'t was with an inward strife, To join the enemy; the army leave him,
While yet the choice was mine. The murderous knife And all has fail'd.
Is lifted for my heart! Doubt disappears!
I fight now for my head and for my life.
[Exit WALLENSTEIN; the others follow him.

ACT II.

SCENE I.
SCENE XI.

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;

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