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FIRST SERVANT.

WALLENSTEIN.

DUCHESS.

OCTAVIO.

The five is the first number that's made up
And that I should not Of even and odd.
Foresee it, not prevent this journey! Wherefore

SECOND SERVANT.
Did I keep it from him ?- You were in the right. The foolish old coxcomb!
I should have warn'd him! Now it is too late.
QUESTENBERG.

Ey! let him alone though. I like to hear him; But what's too late ? Bethink yourself, my friend,

there is more in his words than can be seen at first That you are talking absolute riddles to me. sight.

THIRD SERVANT.
OCTAVIO (more collected).
Come! to the Duke's. 'Tis close upon the hour,

Off, they come.

SECOND SERVANT. Which he appointed you for audience. Come !

There! at the side-door. A curse, a threefold curse, upon this journey! [He leads QUESTENBERG off.

[They hurry off. Sens follows slowly. A Page

brings the staff of command on red cushion,
and places it on the table near the Duke's chair.
They are announced from without, and the

wings of the door fly open.
SCENE VI.
Changes to a spacious Chamber in the House of the
Duke of Friedland.-Servants employed in putting

SCENE VII.
the tables and chairs in order. During this enters
SENI, like an old Italian doctor, in black and clothed

WALLENSTEIN, DUCHESS. somewhat fantastically. He carries a white staff, with which he marks out the quarters of the heaven. You went then through Vienna, were presented FIRST SERVANT.

To the Queen of Hungary? Come-toit, lads, to it! Make an end of it. I hear the sentry call out, “ Stand to your arms!” They will

Yes; and to the Empress too, be there in a minute.

And by both Majesties were we admitted

To kiss the hand. Why were we not told before that the audience

WALLENSTEIN. would be held here ? Nothing prepared-no orders

And how was it received, -no instructions

That I had sent for wife and daughter hither

To the camp, in winter-time? Ay, and why was the balcony-chamber countermanded, that with the great worked carpel ?—there

I did even that one can look about one.

Which you commission'd me to do. I told them, FIRST SERVANT.

You had determined on our daughter's marriage, Nay, that you must ask the mathematician there. And wish'd, ere yet you went into the field, He says it is an unlucky chamber.

To show the elected husband his betrothed.

WALLENSTEIN. Poh! stuff and nonsense! That's what I call a hum. And did they guess the choice which I had made ? A chamber is a chamber; what much can the place signify in the affair ?

They only hoped and wish'd it may have fallen
SENI (with gravity).

Upon no foreign nor yet Lutheran noble.
My son, there's nothing insignificant,
Nothing ! But yet in every earthly thing

And you—what do you wish, Elizabeth ?
First and most principal is place and time.
FIRST SERVANT (to the second).

Your will, you know, was always mine.
Say nothing to him, Nat. The Duke himself must

WALLENSTEIN (after a pause). let him have his 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 holy numbers, include themselves in twelve. Hide nothing from me. How were you received ?

SECOND SERVANT.

THIRD SERVANT.

DUCHESS.

SECOND SERVANT.

DUCHESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

DUCHESS.

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SENI.

WALLENSTEIN.

And what may you have to object against eleven? O! my dear Lord, all is not what it was. I should like to know that now.

A canker-worm, my Lord, a canker-worm

Has stolen into the bud.
Eleven is transgression ; eleven oversteps
The ten commandments.

Ay! is it so?
SECOND SERVANT.

What, they were lax ? they fail'd of the old respect That's good! and why do you call five a holy number?

Not of respect. No honors were omitted,

No outward courtesy ? but in the place Five 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

DUCHESS.

SENI.

DUCHESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

DUCHESS.

DUCHESS.

DUCHESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

Only these honors and that solemn courtesy.
Ah! and the tenderness which was put on,

I cannot utter it!
It was the guise of pity, not of favor.
No! Albrecht's wife, Duke Albrecht’s princely wise,

Proceed!
Count Harrach's noble daughter, should not 80

DUCHESS.
Not wholly so should she have been received.

They talk-
WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.
Yes, yes; they have ta'en offence. My latest con- Well!

duct, They rail'd at it, no doubt.

Of a second-catches her voice and hesitates).

WALLENSTEIN.
O that they had!

Second-
I have been long accustom'd to defend you,
To heal and pacify distemper'd spirits.

More disgraceful
No; no one rail'd at you. They wrapp'd them up, -Dismission.
O Heaven! in such oppressive, solemn silence !
Here is no every-day misunderstanding,

Talk they? No transient pique, no cloud that passes over :

[Sirides across the Chamber in vehement agitatio Something most luckless, most unhealable,

0! they force, they thrust me
Has taken place. The Queen of Hungary With violence against my own will, onward!
Used formerly to call me her dear aunt,
And ever at departure to embrace mo-

DUCHESS (presses near to him, in entreaty).

0! if there yet be time, my husband! if WALLENSTEIN. Now she omitted it ?

By giving way and by submission, this

Can be averted—my dear Lord, give way! DUCHESS (wiping away her tears, after a pause). Win down your proud heart to it! Tell that heart, She did ernbrace me,

It is your sovereign Lord, your Emperor, But then first when I had already taken

Before whom you retreat. O let no longer My formal leave, and when the door already

Low tricking malice blacken your good meaning Had closed upon me, then did she come out

With venomous glosses. Stand you up In haste, as she had suddenly bethought herself,

Shielded and helm'd and weapond with the truth, And press'd me to her bosom, more with anguish

And drive before you into uttermost shame Than tenderness.

These slanderous liars! Few firm friends have weWALLENSTEIN (seizes her hand soothingly). You know it!—The swift growth of our good fortune

Nay, now collect yourself. It hath but set us up a mark for hatred.
And what of Eggenberg and Lichtenstein, What are we, if the sovereign's grace and favor
And of our other friends there?

Stand not before us?
DUCHESS (shaking her head).
I saw none.

SCENE VIII.
The ambassador from Spain, who once was wont
To plead so warmly for me?-

Enter the Countess TERTSKY, leading in her hand the

Princess THEKLA, richly adorned with Brilliants.
DUCHESS.
Silent, silent!

COUNTESS, THEKLA, WALLENSTEIN, DUCHESS.
These suns then are eclipsed for us. Henceforward How, sister! What, already upon business!
Must we roll on, our own fire, our own light.

[Observing the countenance of the 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 be heard

This is thy daughter.
Aloud-in that which Father Lamormain
In sundry hints and —

[THEKLA approaches with a shy and timid air, and

bends herself as about to kiss his hand. He receives WALLENSTEIN (eagerly).

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 O'erstepp'd the powers intrusted to you, charged

Yes! pure and lovely hath hope risen on me : With traitorous contempt of the Emperor

I take her as the pledge of greater fortune.
And his supreme behesis. The proud Bavarian,
He and the Spaniards stand up your accusers "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 whirl'd you headlong down at Regensburg. 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 remain'd till now.
WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.
Proceed!

The while

WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.

COUNTESS.

DUCHESS.

DUCHESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

DUCHESS.

THEKLA.

МАХ.

We in the field here gave our cares and toils No! 't was not so intended, that my business
To make her great, and fight her a free way Should be my highest best good-fortune!
To the loftiest earthly good ; lo! mother Nature

[TERTSKY eniers, and delivers letters to the DUKE Within the peaceful silent convent walls

which he breaks open hurryingly. Has done her part, and out of her free grace

COUNTESS (10 Max.). Hath she bestow'd on the beloved child

Remunerate your trouble! For his joy The godlike; and now leads her thus adorn'd

He makes you recompense. "Tis not unfitting To meet her splendid fortune, and my hope.

For you, Count Piccolomini, to feel
DUCHESS (to THEKLA).

So tenderly-my brother it beseems
Thou wouldst not have recognized thy father, To show himself for ever great and princely.
Wouldst thou, my child ? She counted scarce eight
years,

Then I too must have scruples of his love;
When last she saw your face.

For his munificent hands did ornament me
THEKLA.

Ere yet the father's heart had spoken to me.

O yes, yes, mother!
At the first glance !-My father is not alter'd. Yes ; 'tis his nature ever to be giving
The form that stands before me falsifies

And making happy.
No feature of the image that hath lived

[He grasps the hand of the Duchess will still in So long within me !

creasing warmth. WALLENSTEIN.

How

my heart pours out The voice of my

child !

Its all of thanks to him! O! how I seem

[Then after a pause. To utter all things in the dear name Friedland. I was indignant at my destiny,

While I shall live, so long will I remain
That it denied me a man-child to be

The captive of this name : in it shall bloom
Heir of my name and of my prosperous fortune, My every fortune, every lovely hope.
And re-illume my soon extinguish'd being

Inextricably as in some magic ring
In a proud line of princes.

In this name hath my destiny charm-bound me! I wrong'd my destiny. Here upon this head, COUNTESS (who during this time has been antiously So lovely in its maiden bloom, will I

watching the Duke, and remarks that he is lost in Let fall the garland of a life of war,

thought over the letters). Nor deem it lost, if only I can wreath it,

My brother wishes us to leave him. Come. Transmitted to a regal ornament,

WALLENSTEIN (lurns himself round quick, collects himAround these beauteous brows.

self, and speaks with cheerfulness to the DUCHESS). (He clasps her in his arms as PiccoLOMINI enter8. Once more I bid thee welcome to the camp.

Thou art the hostess of this court. You, Mar.,
Will now again administer your old office,

While we perform the sovereign's business here.
SCENE IX.

[Max. PiccoloMINI offers the Duchess his arm; the

COUNTEss accompanies the PRINCESS.
Enter Max. Piccolomini, and some time after Count
TERTSKY, the others remaining as before.

TERTSKY (calling after him).
Max., we depend on seeing you at the meeting.

COUNTESS.

MAX.

WALLENSTEIN.

MAX.

There comes the Paladin who protected us.
WALLENSTEIN.

SCENE X.
Mar.! Welcome, ever welcome! Always wert thou

WALLENSTEIN, COUNT TERTSKY. The morning-star of my best joys!

WALLENSTEIN (in deep thought to himself).
My General-

She hath seen all things as they are—It is so,
And squares completely with my other notices.

They have determined finally in Vienna,
Till now it was the Emperor who rewarded thee,

Have given me my successor already; I but the instrument. This day thou hast bound

It is the king of Hungary, Ferdinand, The father to thee, Max.! the fortunate father, The Emperor's delicate son! he's now their savior And this debt Friedland's self must pay.

He's the new star that's rising now! Of us

They think themselves already fairly rid,

My prince ! And as we were deceased, the heir already You made no common hurry to transfer it. Is entering on possession—Therefore--dispatch! I come with shame : yea, not without a pang!

(As he turns round he observes TERTSKY, and giver For scarce have I arrived here, scarce deliver'd

him a letter. The mother and the daughter to your arms,

Count Altringer will have himself excused,
But there is brought to me from your equerry

And Galas to0—I like not this!
A splendid richly-plated hunting-dress
So to remunerate me for my troubles

And if
Yes, yes, remunerate me! Since a trouble Thou loiterest longer, all will fall away,
It must be, a mere office, not a favor

One following the other.
Which I leapt forward to receive, and which
I came already with full heart to thank you for.

Altringer

TERTSKY.

WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.

ILLO.

TERTSKY.

Is master of the Tyrol passes. I must forthwith Had you meant nothing further than to gull him Send some one to him, that he let not in

For the Emperor's service. The Spaniards on me frorn the Milanese.

WALLENSTEIN (after a pause, during which he -Well, and the old Sesin, that ancient trader

looks narrowly on TERTSKY). In contraband negotiations, he

And from whence dost thou know Has shown himself again of late. What brings he That I'm not gulling him for the Emperor's service ? From the Count Thur?

Whence knowest thou that I'm not gulling all of you? TERTSKY.

Dost thou know me so well? When made I thee The Count communicates,

The intendant of my secret purposes ? He has found out the Swedish chancellor

I am not conscious that I ever open'd At Halberstadt, where the convention's held, My inmost thoughts to thee. The Emperor, it is true. Who says, you've tired him out, and that he'll have Hath dealt with me amiss; and if I would, No further dealings with you.

I could repay him with usurious interest

For the evil he hath done me. It delights me
WALLENSTEIN.
And why so ?

To know my power; but whether I shall use it,

Of that, I should have thought that thou couldst TERTSKY. He says, you are never in earnest in your speeches;

speak
That you decoy the Swedes—to make fools of them; No wiselier than thy fellows.

TERTSKY.
Will league yourself with Saxony against them,
And at last make yourself a riddance of them

So hast thou always play'd thy game with us.
With a paltry sum of money.

[Enter Illo. WALLENSTEIN.

So then, doubtless, Yes, doubtless, this same modest Swede expects

SCENE XI. That I shall yield him some fair German tract

ILLO, WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY. For his prey and booty, that ourselves at last On our own soil and native territory, May be no longer our own lords and masters! How stand affairs without ? Are they prepared ? An excellent scheme! No, no! They must be off, Off, off? away! we want no such neighbors. You'll find them in the very mood you wish

They know about the Emperor's requisitions, Nay, yield them up that dot, that speck of land

And are tumultuous.

WALLENSTEIN. goes not from your portion. If you win The

How hath Isolan game, what matters it to you who pays it?

Declared himself?
WALLENSTEIN
Off with them, off! Thou understand'st not this.

He's yours, both soul and body, Never shall it be said of me, I parcell'd

Since you built up again his Faro-bank.
My native land away, dismember'd Germany,
Betray'd it to a foreigner, in order
To coine with stealthy tread, and filch away

And which way doth Kolatto bend ? Hast thou

Made sure of Tiefenbach and Deodate ?
My own share of the plunder-Never! never! -
No foreign power shall strike root in the empire,

What Piccolomini does, that they do too.
And least of all, these Goths! these hunger-wolves!

WALLENSTEIN.
Who send such envious, hot and greedy glances
Towards the rich blessings of our German lands!

You mean, then, I may venture somewhat with them?

ILLO.
I'll have their aid to cast and draw my nets,
But not a single fish of all the draught

-If you are assured of the Piccolomini.
Shall they come in for.

Not more assured of mine own self.
TERTSKY

You will deal, however,
More fairly with the Saxons ? They lose patience I would you trusted not so much to Octavio,
While

you shift ground and make so many curves. The fox!
Say, to what purpose all these masks ? Your friends
Are plunged in doubts, baffled, and led astray in you.

Thou teachest me to know my man? There's Oxenstein, there's Arnheim--neither knows Sixteen campaigns I have made with that old warrior What he should think of your procrastinations, Besides, I have his horoscope : And in the end I prove the liar; all

We both are born beneath like stars-in short, Passes through me. I have not even your hand

[With an air of mystery writing.

To this belongs its own particular aspect,
WALLENSTEIN.

If therefore thou canst warrant me the rest-
I never give my handwriting; thou knowest it.

There is among them all but this one voice,
But how can it be known that you're in earnest, You must not lay down the command. I hear
If the act follows not upon the word ?

They mean to send a deputation to you.
You must yourself acknowledge, that in all

WALLENSTEIN.
Your intercourses hitherto with the enemy, If I'm in aught to bind myself to them,
You might have done with safety all you have done, They too must bind themselves to me.

ILLO.

WALLENSTEIN.

ILLO.

WALLENSTEIN.

TERTSKY.

And yet

WALLENSTEIN.

ILLO.

TERTSKY

ILLO.

ILLO.

WALLENSTEIN.

ILLO.

ILLO.

Of each man with the whole. He who to-day
Of course. Forgets himself, forced onward with the stream,
WALLENSTEIN.

Will become sober, seeing but himself,
Their words of honor they must give, their oaths, Feel only his own weakness, and with speed
Give them in writing to me, promising

Will face about, and march on in the old
Devotion to my service unconditional.

High road of duty, the old broad trodden road, ILLO.

And seek but to make shelter in good plight.
Why not?

WALLENSTEIN.
TERTSKY

The time is not yet come.
Devotion unconditional ?
The exception of their duties towards Austria

TERTSKY.
They 'll always place among the premises.

So you say always
With this reserve-

But when will it be time?
WALLENSTEIN (shaking his head).

WALLENSTEIN.
All unconditional !

When I shall say it.
No premises, no reserves.

You'll wait upon the stars, and on their hours, A thought has struck me.

Till the earthly hour escapes you. O, believe me, Does not Count Tertsky give us a set banquet

In your own bosom are your destiny's stars.
This evening ?

Confidence in yourself, prompt resolution,
TERTSKY.

This is your Venus! and the soul malignant,
Yes; and all the Generals

The only one that harmeth you, is Doubt.
Have been invited.

ILLO (to WALLENSTEIN).
Say, will you here fully

Thou speakest as thou understand'st. How oft Commission me to use my own discretion ?

And many a time I've told thee, Jupiter, I'll gain for you the Generals' words of honor,

That lustrous god, was setting at thy birth. Even as you wish.

Thy visual power subdues no mysteries;

Mole-eyed, thou mayest but burrow in the earth,
WALLENSTEIN.
Gain me their signatures!

Blind as that subterrestrial, who with wan,
How you come by them, that is your concern.

Lead-color'd shine lighted thee into life.
The common, the terrestrial, thou mayest seo,

With serviceable cunning knit together
And if I bring it to you, black on white,
That all the leaders who are present here

The nearest with the nearest; and therein

I trust thee and believe thee! but whate'er Give themselves up to you, without condition ;

Full of mysterious import Nature weaves Say, will you thenthen will you show yourself

And fashions in the depths—the spirit's ladder, In earnest, and with some decisive action

That from this gross and visible world of dust Make trial of your luck?

Even to the starry world, with thousand rounds, WALLENSTEIN.

Builds itself up; on which the unseen powers The signatures! Move up and down on heavenly ministries Gain me the signatures.

The circles in the circles, that approach

The central sun with ever-narrowing orbitSeize, seize the hour, These see the glance alone, the unsealed eye, Ere it slips from you. Seldom comes the moment Of Jupiter's glad children born in lustre. In life, which is indeed sublime and weighty.

(He walks across the chamber, then returns, and To make a great decision possible,

standing still, proceeds. 0! many things, all transient and all rapid,

The heavenly constellations make not merely Must meet at once : and, haply, they thus met

The day and nights, summer and spring, not merely May by that confluence be enforced to pause

Signify to the husbandman the seasons Time long enough for wisdom, though too short,

Of sowing and of harvest. Human action, Far, far too short a time for doubt and scruple !

That is the seed too of contingencies, This is that moment. See, our army chieftains,

Strew'd on the dark land of futurity Our best, our noblest, are assembled around you,

In hopes to reconcile the powers of fate. Their king-like leader! On your nod they wait.

Whence it behoves us to seek out the seed-time, The single threads, which here your prosperous for- To watch the stars, select their proper hours,

And trace with searching eye the heavenly houses, Hath woven together in one potent web

Whether the enemy of growth and thriving Instinct with destiny, 0 let them not

Hide himself not, malignant, in his corner. Unravel of themselves. If you permit

Therefore permit me my own time. Meanwhile These chiefs to separate, so unanimous

Do you your part. As yet I cannot say Bring you them not a second time together.

What I shall doonly, give way I will not. Tis the high tide that heaves the stranded ship,

Depose me too they shall not. On these points And every individual's spirit waxes

You may rely.
In the great stream of multitudes. Bebold
They are still here, here still! But soon the war

PAGE (entering).
Bursts them once more asunder, and in small

My Lords, the Generals. Particular anxieties and interests

WALLENSTEIN. Scatters their spirit, and the sympathy

Let them come in.

ILLO.

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