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Placing my honor and my head in pledge,
MAX. PICCOLOMINI. Needs must I have full mastery all
Forbid it Heaven, that it should come to this! The means thereto. What render'd this Gustavus Our troops will swell in dreadful fermentation Resistless, and unconquer'd upon earth?
The Emperor is abused-it cannot be. This-hat he was the monarch in his army!
ISOLANI. A monarch, one who is indeed a monarch,
It cannot be; all goes to instant wreck. Was never yet subdued but by his equal.
WALLENSTEIN. But to the point! The best is yet to come.
Thou hast said truly, faithful Isolani ! Attend now, generals!
What we with toil and foresight have built up,
Will go to wreck--all go to instant wreck.
What then? another chieftain is soon found,
Another army likewise (who dares doubt it ?)
Will flock from all sides to the Emperor, From the Milanese ; and leads a Spanish army
At the first beat of his recruiting drum. Through Germany into the Netherlands.
[During this speech, ISOLANI, TERTSKY, ILLO, That he may march secure and unimpeded,
and MARADAS talk confusedly with great Tis the Emperor's will you grant him a detachment
agitation. Of eight horse regiments from the army here.
MAX. PICCOLOMINI (busily and passionately going WALLENSTEIN.
from one to another, and soothing them. Yes, yes! I understand !-Eight regiments! Well,
Hear, my commander! Hear me, generals ! Right well concerted, father Lamormain!
Let me conjure you, Duke! Determine nothing, Eight thousand horse! Yes, yes! "T is as it should be! Till we have met and represented to you I see it coming.
Our joint remonstrances.-Nay, calmer! Friends!
I hope all may be yet set right again.
Away! let us away! in the antechamber
BUTLER (to QUESTENBERG).
If good counsel gain
Due audience from your wisdom, my Lord Envoy!
You will be cautions how you show yourself What, my Lord Envoy? May I not be suffer'd In public for some hours to come-or hardly To understand, that folks are tired of seeing Will that gold key protect you from maltreatment. The sword's hilt in my grasp.: and that your court
[Commolions heard from without. Snatch eagerly at this pretence, and use
WALLENSTEIN. The Spanish title, to drain off my forces,
A salutary counselThou, Octavio! To lead into the empire a new army
Wilt answer for the safety of our guest. l'nsubjected to my control ? To throw me
Farewell, Von Questenberg ! Plumply aside, I am still 100 powerful for you
(QUESTENBERG is about to speak. To venture that. My stipulation runs,
Nay, not a word. That all the Imperial forces shall obey me
Not one word more of that detested subject! Where'er the German is the native language.
You have perform'd your duty-We know how Of Spanish troops and of Prince Cardinals
To separate the office from the man. That take their route, as visitors, through the empire,
[As QUESTENBERG is going off with OCTAVIO; There stands no syllable in my stipulation.
Goetz, TIEFENBACH, KOLATTO, press in ; No syllable! And so the politic court
several other Generals following them. Stenis in a tiptoe, and creeps round behind it; First makes me weaker, then to be dispensed with, Where's he who means to rob us of our general ? Till it dares strike at length a bolder blow And make short work with me.
TIEFENBACH (at the same time). What need of all these crooked ways,
What are we forced to hear? That thou wilt leave us ?
Envoy? Straight forward, man! His compact with me pinches
KOLATTO (at the same time). The Emperor. He would that I moved off!-
We will live with thee, we will die with thee. Well-I will gratify him!
WALLENSTEIN (with slateliness, and pointing to Illo). (Here there commences an agitation among the There! the Feld-Marshal knows our will. [Erit. Generals, which increases continually.
(While all are going off the Stage, the curtain It grieves me for my noble officers' sakes!
SCENE-A small Chamber.
Illo and TERTSKY.
TERTSKY. This will be otherwise, i’ the time to come. Now for this evening's business ! How intend you Well-me no longer it concems. [He seats himself. To manage with the generals at the banquet ?
It is to be a night of weight and crisis; Attend! We frame a formal declaration,
And something great, and of long expectation, Wherein we to the Duke consign ourselves Is to make its procession in the heaven. Collectively, to be and to remain
ILLO. His both with life and limb, and not to spare Come! be we bold and make dispatch. The work The last drop of our blood for him, provided In this next day or two must thrive and grow So doing we infringe no oath.or duty,
More than it has for years.
And let but only We may be under to the Emperor.--Mark! Things first turn up auspicious here belowThis reservation we expressly make
Mark what I say—the right stars too will show themIn a particular clause, and save the conscience.
And must be beaten while 't is malleable.
Do you go thither, Illo. I must stay,
A second is in readiness. This one particular clause has been left out,
I saw your lady smile with such sly meaning.
TERTSKY. Which we had trick'd them into by a juggle?
A secret. Hush! she comes.
[Exil ILLO. We shall have caught and caged them! Let them then Beat their wings bare against the wires, and rave
(The COUNTESS steps out from a Closel). Far more than their most holy affirmations.
COUNT and COUNTESS TERTSKY. Traitors they are, and must be; therefore wisely
TERTSKY. Will make a virtue of necessity.
Well-is she coming ?-I can keep him back
No longer. Well, well, it shall content me; let but something
COUNTESS. Be done, let only some decisive blow
She will be there instantly,
You only send him.
I am not quite ccrtain, How, or how far, we may thereby propel
I must confess it. Countess, whether or not The Generals. 'Tis enough that we persuade
We are earning the Duke's thanks hereby. You know, The Duke that they are his--Let him but act
No ray has broke out from him on this point. In his determined mood, as if he had them,
You have o’erruled me, and yourself know best And he will have them. Where he plunges in,
How far you dare proceed. He makes a whirlpool, and all stream down to it.
I take it on me.
[Talking to herself, while she is arrancing. That many a time when I have thought myself
Here's no need of full powers and commissionsClose at his side, he's gone at once, and left me
My cloudy Duke! we understand each other Ignorant of the ground where I was standing.
And without words. What, could I not unriddle, He lends the enemy his ear, permits me
Wherefore the daughter should be sent for hither, To write to them, to Arnheim; to Sesina
Why first he, and no other, should be chosen Himself comes forward blank and undisguised;
To fetch her hither? This sham of betrothing her Talks with us by the hour about his plans,
To a bridegroom,* when no one knows-No! no!And when I think I have him-off at once
This may blind others! I see through thee, Brother! He has slipp'd from me, and appears as if
But it beseems thee not, to draw a card lle had no scheme, but to retain his place.
At such a game. Not yet!--It all remains
Well--thou shalt not have been deceived, Duke He give up his old plans! I'll tell you, friend!
Friedland! His soul is cupi with nothing else,
In her who is thy sister. Even in his sleep—They are his thoughts, his dreams,
SERVANT (cnters). That day by day he questions for this purpose
The commanders! The motions of the planets
TERTSKY (to the COUNTESS).
Take care you heat his fancy and affections
Ay! you know This night, that is now coming, he with SENI
* In Germany, after honorable addresses have been paid and Shuts himself up in the astrological tower
formally accepted, the lovers are called Bride and Bridegroom,
even though the marriage should not take place till years afterTo make joint observations-for I hear,
Possess him with a reverie, and send him,
Here is no face on which I might concentre Absent and dreaming, to the banquet; that
All the enraptured soul stirs up within me. He may not boggle at the signature.
O Lady! tell me. Is all changed around me?
Or is it only I? Take you care of your guests —Go, send him hither.
I find myself,
As among strangers! Not a trace is left
Of all my former wishes, former joys.
Where has it vanish'd to? There was a time COUNTESS (interrupting him).
When even, methought, with such a world as this Go to your guests! Go
I was not discontented. Now, how flat!
How stale! No life, no bloom, no flavor in it!
My father—Even to him I can say nothing.
My arms, my military duties–O!
They are such wearying toys! .
But, gentle friend! Stay here too long. It might awake suspicion
I must entreat it of your condescension, In the old man
You would be pleased to sink your eye, and favor
With one short glance or two this poor stale world, A truce with your precautions! Where even now much, and of much moment,
[Exeunt TERTSKY and ILLO. Is on the eve of its completion.
I can't but know, is going forward round me.
I see it gathering, crowding, driving on,
In wild uncustomary movements. Well,
In due time, doubtless, it will reach even me. Aunt Tertsky! may I venture ?
Where think you I have been, dear lady? Nay, (Advances to the middle of the stage, and looks No raillery. The turmoil of the camp, around him with uneasiness.
The spring-tide of acquaintance rolling in,
The pointless jest, the empty conversation,
Oppress'd and stiffen'd me. I gasp'd for air
I could not breathe -I was constrain'd to fly,
And a pure spot wherein to feel my happiness. Conceal'd behind that screen.
No smiling, Countess! In the church was I.
There is a cloister here to the heaven's gate,* There lie her gloves! |Thither I went, there found myself alone. (Snatches at them, but the Countess takes them Over the altar hung a holy mother; herself.
A wretched painting 't was, yet 't was the friend You unkind Lady! You refuse me this
That I was seeking in this moment. Ah, You make it an amusement to torment me. How oft have I beheld that glorious form COUNTESS.
In splendor, 'mid ecstatic worshippers ; And this the thank you give me for my trouble ?
Yet, still it moved me not! and now at once
Was my devotion cloudless as my love.
Shall keep strict vigils for you, anxious, active.
Only be manageable when that friendship
the road to full accomplishment. Many new habits to acquire, young friend ! How long may it be since you declared your passion ? But on this proof of your obedient temper
This morning did I hazard the first word.
This morning the first time in twenty days?
But wherefore comes she not?
'Twas at that hunting-castle, betwixt here COUNTESS.
And Nepomuck, where you had join'd us, andInto my hands you must place it That was the last relay of the whole journey! Whole and entire. Whom could you find, indeed, More zealously affected to your interest ? No soul on earth must know it-not your father.
I am doubtful whether this be the dedication of the cloister,
or the name of one of the city gates, near which it stood. I He must not, above all.
have translated it in the former sense; but fearful of having
made some blunder, I add the original.- Es ist ein Kloster hier Alas! what danger? zur Himmelspforte.
In a balcony we were standing mute,
MAX. And gazing out upon the dreary field :
This morning, when I found you in the circle Before us the dragoons were riding onward, Of all your kindred, in your father's arms, The safeguard which the Duke had sent us-heavy Beheld myself an alien in this circle, The inquietude of parting lay upon me,
O! what an impulse felt I in that moment . And trembling ventured I at length these words: To fall upon his neck, to call him father! This all reminds me, noble maiden, that
But his stern eye o'erpower'd the swelling passionToday I must take leave of my good fortune. It dared not but be silent. And those brilliants, A few hours more, and you will find a father, That like a crown of stars enwreathed your brows, Will see yourself surrounded by new friends, They scared me too! O wherefore, wherefore should he And I henceforth shall be but as a stranger, At the first meeting spread as 't were the ban Lost in the many—“Speak with my aunt Tertsky !" of excommunication round you,—wherefore With hurrying voice she interrupted me.
Dress up the angel as for sacrifice, She falter'd. I beheld a glowing red
And cast upon the light and joyous heart Possess her beautiful cheeks, and from the ground The mournful burthen of his station ? Fitly Raised slowly up, her eye met mine—no longer May love dare woo for love; but such a splendor Did I control myself.
Might none but monarchs venture to approach. [The Princess THEKLA appears at the door, and
Hush! not a word more of this mummery;
You see how soon the burthen is thrown off.
[To the COUNTERS There was a rustling in the room close by ;
He is not in spirits. Wherefore is he not? It parted us—'T was you. What since has happen'a, "Tis you, aunt, that have made him all so gloomy! You know.
He had quite another nature on the journey, COUNTESS (after a pause, with a stolen glance
So calm, so bright, so joyous eloquent. at THEKLA).
[To Mai And is it your excess of modesty ;
It was my wish to see you always so, Or are you so incurious, that you do not
And never otherwise !
You find yourself
All in a new world, which does homage to you, Why, yes! When in the instant after you
And which, were 't only by its novelty,
• THEKLA. Ta'en with surprise
Yes ; I confess to you
That many things delight me here : this camp,
This motley stage of warriors, which renews
So manifold the image of my fancy,
And binds to life, binds to reality,
What hitherto had but been present to me
Alas! not so to me.
It makes a dream of my reality.
Upon some island in the ethereal heights
I've lived for these last days. This mass of men What have you let her hear me say, aunt Tertsky ? Forces me down to earth. It is a bridge
That, reconducting to my former life,
Divides me and my heaven.
The game of life Where have you stay'd so long?
Looks cheerful, when one carries in one's heart
The unalienable treasure. "Tis a game,
Which having once review'd, I turn more joyous Wept so again! and I—I see her suffer,
Back to my deeper and appropriate bliss. Yet cannot keep myself from being happy.
[Breaking off, and in a sportive lone.
In this short time that I've been present here, MAX. Now once again I have courage to look on you.
What new unheard-of things have I not seen!
And yet they all must give place to the wonder To-day at noon I could not. The dazzle of the jewels that play'd round you
Which this mysterious castle guards.
And what Then you saw me Can this be then? Methought I was acquainted With your eye only—and not with your heart? With all the dusky corners of this house.
Lurks in the legend told my infant years Ay, but the road thereto is watch'd by spirits : Than lies upon that truth, we live to learn. Two griffins still stand sentry at the door.
For fable is Love's world, his home, his birth-place:
Delightedly dwells he 'mong says and talismans, COUNTESS (laughs).
And spirits; and delightedly believes The astrological tower—How happens it
Divinities, being himself divine. That this same sanctuary, whose access
The intelligible forms of ancient poets, Is to all others so impracticable,
The fair humanities of old religion, Opens before you even at your approach?
The Power, the Beauty, and the Majesty,
That had her haunts in dale, or piny mountain, A dwarfish old man with a friendly face
Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring, And snow-white hairs, whose gracious services
Or chasms and wat'ry depths; all these have vanish'd. Were mine at first sight, open'd me the doors.
They live no longer in the faith of reason!
But still the heart doth need a language, still
Doth the old instinct bring back the old names,
Spirits or gods, that used to share this earth
With man as with their friend ;* and to the lover Whether by day or in the night
Yonder they move, from yonder visible sky
Shoot influence down: and even at this day
"Tis Jupiter who brings whate'er is great,
And Venus who brings every thing that's fair ! To erect a figure for your horoscope.
And if this be the science of the stars,
, will learn acquaintance with this cheerful faith.
I 100, with glad and zealous industry, Did not square over-truly with his wishes.
It is a gentle and affectionate thought,
That in immeasurable heights above us, Well, Princess, and what found you in this tower ? At our first birth, the wreath of love was woven, My highest privilege has been to snatch
With sparkling stars for flowers. A side-glance, and away!
Not only roses, It was a strange
But thorns too hath the heaven; and well for you Sensation that came o'er me, when at first
Leave they your wreath of love inviolate : From the broad sunshine I stepp'd in; and now What Venus twined, the bearer of glad fortune, The narrowing line of day-light, that ran after The sullen orb of Mars soon tears to pieces. The closing door, was gone; and all about me "T was pale and dusky night, with many shadows Fantastically cast. Here six or seven
Soon will his gloomy empire reach its close. Colossal statues, and all kings, stood round me
Blest be the General's zeal : into the laurel
Will he inweave the olive-branch, presenting In a half-circle. Each one in his band
Peace to the shouting nations. Then no wish A sceptre bore, and on his head a star;
will have remain'd for his great heart! Enough And in the tower no other light was there But from these stars: all seem'd to come from them. Live for himself and his." To his domains
Has he perform'd for glory, and can now * These are the planets," said that low old man,
Will he retire; he has a stately seat * They govern worldly fates, and for that cause
of fairest view at Gitschin; Reichenberg, Are imaged here as kings. He farthest from you, Spiteful, and cold, an old man melancholy,
And Friedland Castle, both lie pleasantly
Even to the foot of the huge mountains here With bent and yellow forehead, he is Saturn.
Stretches the chase and covers of his forests : lle opposite, the king with the red light,
llis ruling passion, to create the splendid, An arm'd man for the battle, that is Mars : And both these bring but little luck to man."
He can indulge without restraint; can give But at his side a lovely lady stood,
A princely patronage to every art,
And to all worth a sovereign's protection. The star upon her head was soft and bright,
Can build, can plant, can watch the starry courses And that was Venus, the bright star of joy. On the left hand, lo! Mercury, with wings. Quite in the middle glitter'd silver bright
Yet I would have you look, and look again, A cheerful man, and with a monarch's mien;
Before you lay aside your arms, young friend! And this was Jupiter, my father's star;
A gentle bride, as she is, is well worth it, And at his side I saw the Sun and Moon.
That you should woo and win her with the sword.
MAX. O never rudely will I blame his faith
O, that the sword could win her! In the might of stars and angels! "Tis not merely
COUNTESS. The human being's Pride that peoples space
What was that ? With life and mystical predominance : Since likewise for the stricken heart of Love This visible nature, and this common world,
* No more of talk, where god or angel guest
With man, as with his friend familiar, used Is all too narrow: yea, a deeper import
To sit indulgent.
Paradise Lost, B. IX.