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octavio. - And that I should not Foresee it, not prevent this journey! Wherefore Did I keep it from him —You were in the right. I should have warn'd him ' Now it is too late.

QUESTENBERG.
But what's too late? Bethink yourself, my friend,
That you are talking absolute riddles to me.

octavio (more collected).
Come! to the Duke's. "Tis close upon the hour,
Which he appointed you for audience. Come!
A curse, a threefold curse, upon this journey !
[He leads QUESTENBERG off.

SCENE VI.

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 SEN1, like an old Italian doctor, in black and clothed somewhat fantastically. He carries a white staff, with which he marks out the quarters of the heaven.

First servant. Come—to it, lads, to it! Make an end of it. I hear the sentry call out, “Stand to your arms!" They will be there in a minute.

second servant.

Why were we not told before that the audience would be held here Nothing prepared—no orders —no instructions—

third servaNT.

Ay, and why was the balcony-chamber countermanded, that with the great worked carpet!—there one can look about one.

FIRST servant.

Nay, that you must ask the mathematician there.

He says it is an unlucky chamber. sEcoxid servant.

Poh! stuff and nonsense! That's what I call a hum. A chamber is a chamber; what much can the place signify in the affair

sENI (with gravity).
My son, there's nothing insignificant,
Nothing ! But yet in every earthly thing
First and most principal is place and time.
First servaNT (to the second).

Say nothing to him, Nat. The Duke himself must

let him have his own will.

sENI (counts the chairs, half in a loud, half in a low
voice, till he comes to eleven, which he repeats).
Eleven an evil number! Set twelve chairs.
Twelve! twelve signs hath the zodiac: five and seven,
The holy numbers, include themselves in twelve.
SECOND SERVANT. -
And what may you have to object against eleven?
I should like to know that now.
SENi.
Eleven is transgression; eleven oversteps
The ten commandments.
SECOND SERVANT.
That's good! and why do you call five a holy
number?
seni.
Five is the soul of man: for even as man
Is mingled up of good and evil, so

The five is the first number that's made up
Of even and odd.
seco ND serva N.T.
The foolish old coxcomb!
rirst serv ANT.
Ey! let him alone though. I like to hear him;
there is more in his words than can be seen at first
sight.
Thirtid servant.
Off, they come.
second servant.
There! at the side-door.
[They hurry off. SEN1 follows slowly. A Page
brings the staff of command on a 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 VII.
WALLENstEIN, Duchess.

walleNSTEIN.
You went then through Vienna, were presented
To the Queen of Hungary 2
DU Chess.
Yes; and to the Empress too,
And by both Majesties were we admitted
To kiss the hand.
wall.ENSTEIN.
And how was it received,
That I had sent for wife and daughter hither
To the camp, in winter-time !
Duchess.
I did even that
Which you commission'd me to do. I told them,
You had determined on our daughter's marriage,
And wish'd, ere yet you went into the field,
To show the elected husband his betrothed.
w Allenstein.
And did they guess the choice which I had made!
duchess.
They only hoped and wish'd it may have fallen
Upon no foreign nor yet Lutheran noble.
w ALLENstel N.
And you—what do you wish, Elizabeth
Duchess.
Your will, you know, was always mine.
walleNstEIN (after a pause).
Well then?
And in all else, of what kind and complexion
Was your reception at the court
[The Duchess casts her eyes on the ground, and
remains silent.
Hide nothing from me. How were you received?
duchess.
O' my dear Lord, all is not what it was.
A canker-worm, my Lord, a canker-worm
Has stolen into the bud.
wal, LENstein.
Ay! is it so?
What, they were lax they fail'd of the old respect
DUCHESS.
Not of respect. No honors were omitted,
No outward courtesy but in the place
Of condescending, confidential kindness,
Familiar and endearing, there were given me

Only these honors and that solemn courtesy. Duchess.
Ah! and the tenderness which was put on, I cannot utter it!
It was the guise of pity, not of favor. WALLENstEIN.
No! Albrecht's wife, Duke Albrecht's princely wise, Proceed
Count Harrach's noble daughter, should not so— 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, touchess.
They rail'd at it, no doubt. Of a second—(catches her voice and hesitates).
Duchess. WALLENSTEin.
O that they had: Second—
1 have been long accustom'd to defend you, DUChESS.
To heal and pacify distemper'd spirits. More disgraceful
No ; no one rail'd at you. They wrapp'd them up, —Dismission.
0 Heaven' in such oppressive, solemn silence — WALLENstein.
Here is no every-day misunderstanding, Talk they

No transient pique, no cloud that passes over :
Something most luckless, most unhealable,
Has taken place. The Queen of Hungary
Used formerly to call me her dear aunt,
And ever at departure to embrace me—
WALLENstein.
Nour she omitted it?
Duchess (wiping away her tears, after a pause).
She did embrace me,
But then first when I had already taken
My formal leave, and when the door already
Had closed upon me, then did she come out
In haste, as she had suddenly bethought herself,
And press'd me to her bosom, more with anguish
Than tenderness.
walleNstEIN (seizes her hand soothingly).
Nay, now collect yourself.
And what of Eggenberg and Lichtenstein,
And of our other friends there !
Duchess (shaking her head).
I saw none.
walleNstein.
The ambassador from Spain, who once was wont
To plead so warmly for me !—

DUChESS.
Silent, silent!
WALLENSTEIN.
These suns then are eclipsed for us. Henceforward
Must we roll on, our own fire, our own light.
Duchess.
And were it—were it, my dear Lord, in that
Which moved about the court in buzz and whisper,
But in the country let itself be heard
Aloud—in that which Father Lamormain
In sundry hints and
walleNstEIN (eagerly).
Lamormain! what said he
Duchess.
That you're accused of having daringly
Oerstepp'd the powers intrusted to you, charged
With traitorous contempt of the Emperor
And his supreme behests. The proud Bavarian,
He and the Spaniards stand up your accusers—
That there's a storm collecting over you
Of far more fearful menace than that former one
Which whirl'd you headlong down at Regensburg.
And people talk, said he, of Ah!— -
[Stifling extreme emotion.
wallenstEIN.

Proceed

[Strides across the Chamber in vehement agitatio
O! they force, they thrust me
With violence against my own will, onward!

Duchess (presses near to him, in entreaty).
O! if there yet be time, my husband! if
By giving way and by submission, this
Can be averted—my dear Lord, give way!
Win down your proud heart to it! Tell that heart,
It is your sovereign Lord, your Emperor,
Before whom you retreat. O let no longer
Low tricking malice blacken your good meaning
With venomous glosses. Stand you up
Shielded and helm'd and weapon'd with the truth,
And drive before you into uttermost shame
These slanderous liars! Few firm friends have we—
You know it!—The swift growth of our good fortune
It hath but set us up a mark for hatred.
What are we, if the sovereign's grace and favor
Stand not before us?

SCENE VIII.

Enter the Countess TERtsky, leading in her hand the
Princess Thekla, richly adorned with Brilliants.

CountEss, THEkLA, WALLENstEIN, Duchess.

COUNTESS.
How, sister! What, already upon business!
[Observing the countenance of the Duchess.
And business of no pleasing kind I see,
Ere he has gladden'd at his child. The first
Moment belongs to joy. Here, Friedland! father!
This is thy daughter.

[Thekla approaches with a shy and timid air, and bends herself as about to kiss his hand. He receives her in his arms, and remains standing for some time lost in the feeling of her presence.

wallenstein. Yes! pure and lovely hath hope risen on me: I take her as the pledge of greater fortune.

Duchess.
"Twas but a little child when you departed
To raise up that great army for the Emperor:
And after, at the close of the campaign,
When you return'd home out of Pomerania,
Your daughter was already in the convent,
Wherein she has remain'd till now.
WALLENstein.
The while

We in the field here gave our cares and toils
To make her great, and fight her a free way
To the loftiest earthly good; lo! mother Nature
Within the peaceful silent convent walls
Has done her part, and out of her free grace
Hath she bestow'd on the beloved child
The godlike; and now leads her thus adorn'd
To meet her splendid fortune, and my hope.

Duchess (to Thekla). Thou wouldst not have recognized thy father, Wouldst thou, my child She counted scarce eight years,

When last she saw your face.

THEKL.A. O yes, yes, mother! At the first glance —My father is not alter'd. The form that stands before me falsifies No feature of the image that hath lived So long within me ! WALLENSTEIN. The voice of my child! [Then after a pause. I was indignant at my destiny, That it denied me a man-child to be Heir of my name and of my prosperous fortune, And re-illume my soon extinguish'd being In a proud line of princes. I wrong'd my destiny. Here upon this head, So lovely in its maiden bloom, will I Let fall the garland of a life of war, Nor deem it lost, if only I can wreath it, Transmitted to a regal ornament, Around these beauteous brows. [He clasps her in his arms as Piccolomini enters.

SCENE IX.

Enter MAx. Piccolomini, and some time after Count TERTsky, the others remaining as before.

Countess. There comes the Paladin who protected us.

w Allenstein. Max.! Welcome, ever welcome ! Always wert thou The morning-star of my best joys!

- MAX.
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 self must pay.

MAX.

My princes 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 me! Since a trouble It must be, a mere office, not a favor Which I leapt forward to receive, and which I came already with full heart to thank you for.

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.
count Ess (to MAx.).
Remunerate your trouble! For his joy
He makes you recompense. "Tis not unfitting
For you, Count Piccolomini, to feel
So tenderly—my brother it beseems
To show himself for ever great and princely.
Threk LA.
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.
Max.
Yes; 'tis his nature ever to be giving
And making happy.
[He grasps the hand of the Duchess with still in
creasing warmth.
How my heart pours out
Its all of thanks to him O' how I seem
To utter 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 anriously
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).
Max., we depend on seeing you at the meeting.

SCENE X. 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 finally in Vienna, Have given me my successor already; It is the king of Hungary, Ferdinand, The Emperor's delicate son he's now their savior 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 Is entering on possession—Therefore—dispatch!

[As he turns round he observes TERTsky, and gives him a letter. Count Altringer will have himself excused, And Galas too—I like not this! TERTsKY. And if Thou loiterest longer, all will fall away, One following the other. wal. LENstEin. Altringer

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 negotiations, he
Has shown himself again of late. What brings he
From the Count Thur !
TERTsky.
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.
wallenstein.
And why so
Tr:RTsKy.
He says, you are never in earnest in your speeches;
That you decoy the Swedes—to make fools of them;
Will league yourself with Saxony against them,
And at last make yourself a riddance of them
With a paltry sum of money.
wal, Lenstein.
So then, doubtless,
Yes, doubtless, this same modest Swede expects
That I shall yield him some fair German tract
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!
An excellent scheme ! No, no! They must be off,
Off, off! away! we want no such neighbors.
TERTsky.
Nay, yield them up that dot, that speck of land—
It goes not from your portion. If you win
The game, what matters it to you who pays it?

w A LLENstein. Off with them, off! Thou understand'st not this. Never shall it be said of me, I parcell'd My native land away, dismember'd Germany, Betray'd it to a foreigner, in order To come with stealthy tread, and silch away My own share of the plunder—Never! never!— No foreign power shall strike root in the empire, And least of all, these Goths' these hunger-wolves! Who send such envious, hot and greedy glances Towards the rich blessings of our German lands! I'll have their aid to cast and draw my nets, But not a single fish of all the draught Shall they come in for.

TERTsky. You will deal, however, More fairly with the Saxons ! They lose patience While you shift ground and make so many curves. Say, to what purpose all these masks Your friends Are plunged in doubts, baffled, and led astray in you. There's Oxenstein, there's Arnheim—neither knows What he should think of your procrastinations, And in the end I prove the liar; all Passes through me. I have not even your handwriting. wALLENs Tern.

I never give my handwriting; thou knowest it.

TERtsky. But how can it be known that you're in earnest, If the act follows not upon the word You must yourself acknowledge, that in all Your intercourses hitherto with the enemy, You might have done with safety all you have done,

Had you meant nothing further than to gull him
For the Emperor's service.
wALLENstEIN (after a pause, during which he
looks narrowly on TERtsky).
And from whence dost thou know
That I'm not gulling him for the Emperor's service 7
Whence knowest thou that I'm not gulling all of you?
Dost thou know me so well ? When made I thee
The intendant of my secret purposes 7
I am not conscious that I ever open'd
Myinmost thoughts to thee. The Emperor, it is true.
Hath dealt with me amiss; and if I would,
I could repay him with usurious interest
For the evil he hath done me. It delights me
To know my power; but whether I shall use it,
of that, I should have thought that thou couldst

ak No wiselier than thy fellows. TErrorsky. So hast thou always play'd thy game with us. [Enter ILlo. SCENE XI.

ILLo, WALLENSTEIN, TERTsky.

wallenstein. How stand affairs without ! Are they prepared 7 ILL0. You'll find them in the very mood you wish They know about the Emperor's requisitions, And are tumultuous. WALLENSTEIN. How hath Isolan Declared himself? ILL0. He's yours, both soul and body, Since you built up again his Faro-bank. WALLENSTEIN. And which way doth Kolatto bend ? Hast thou Made sure of Tiefenbach and Deodate? ILL0. What Piccolomini does, that they do too. walleNstein. You mean, then, I may venture somewhat with them? ILL0. —If you are assured of the Piccolomini. WALLENstein. Not more assured of mine own self. TERTSky. And yet I would you trusted not so much to Octavio, The fox! WALLENSTEIN. 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— ILL0. There is among them all but this one voice, You must not lay down the command. I hear They mean to send a deputation to you. walleNstein. If I'm in aught to bind myself to them,

They too must bind themselves to me.

ILL0. Of course. WALLENSTEIN. Their words of honor they must give, their oaths, Give them in writing to me, promising Devotion to my service unconditional. - ILL0. Why not TERTsKY. Devotion unconditional? The exception of their duties towards Austria They'll always place among the premises. With this reserve— walleNstEIN (shaking his head). All unconditional 2 No premises, no reserves. ILLO. A thought has struck me. Does not Count Tertsky give us a set banquet This evening 2 Trentsky. Yes; and all the Generals Have been invited. ILLo (to WALLENstEIN). Say, will you here fully Commission me to use my own discretion ? I'll gain for you the Generals' words of honor, Even as you wish. WALLENSTEIN. Gain me their signatures! How you come by them, that is your concern.

ILLO. And if I bring it to you, black on white, That all the leaders who are present here Give themselves up to you, without condition; Say, will you then—then will you show yourself In earnest, and with some decisive action Make trial of your luck! WALLENSTEIN. The signatures! Gain me the signatures. ILL0. Seize, seize the hour, Ere it slips from you. Seldom comes the moment In life, which is indeed sublime and weighty. To make a great decision possible, O! many things, all transient and all rapid, Must meet at once : and, haply, they thus met May by that confluence be enforced to pause Time long enough for wisdom, though too short, Far, far too short a time for doubt and scruple! This is that moment. See, our army chieftains, Our best, our noblest, are assembled around you, Their king-like leader! On your nod they wait. The single threads, which here your prosperous fortune Hath woven together in one potent web Instinct with destiny, O let them not Unravel of themselves. If you permit These chiefs to separate, so unanimous Bring you them not a second time together. Tis the high tide that heaves the stranded ship, And every individual's spirit waxes In the great stream of multitudes. Behold They are still here, here still: But soon the war Bursts them once more asunder, and in small Particular anxieties and interests

Scatters their spirit, and the sympathy

Of each man with the whole. He who to-day
Forgets himself, forced onward with the stream,
Will become sober, seeing but himself,
Feel only his own weakness, and with speed
Will face about, and march on in the old
High road of duty, the old broad trodden road,
And seek but to make shelter in good plight.

WALLENstEIN. The time is not yet come.

tertsky. So you say always. But when will it be time?

WALLENSTEIN. When I shall say it. ILL0. You'll wait upon the stars, and on their hours, Till the earthly hour escapes you. O, believe me, In your own bosom are your destiny's stars. |Considence in yourself, prompt resolution, This is your Venus' and the soul malignant, The only one that harmeth you, is Doubt.

WALLENSTEIN. Thou speakest as thou understand'st. How oft And many a time I've told thee, Jupiter, That lustrous god, was setting at thy birth. Thy visual power subdues no mysteries; Mole-eyed, thou mayest but burrow in the earth, Blind as that subterrestrial, who with wan, Lead-color'd shine lighted thee into life. The common, the terrestrial, thou mayest see, With serviceable cunning knit together The nearest with the nearest; and therein I trust thee and believe thee! but whate'er Full of mysterious import Nature weaves And fashions in the depths—the spirit's ladder, That from this gross and visible world of dust Even to the starry world, with thousand rounds, Builds itself up; on which the unseen powers Move up and down on heavenly ministries— The circles in the circles, that approach The central sun with ever-narrowing orbit— These see the glance alone, the unsealed eye, Of Jupiter's glad children born in lustre. [He walks across the chamber, then returns, and standing still, proceeds. The heavenly constellations make not merely The day and nights, summer and spring, not merely Signify to the husbandman the seasons Of sowing and of harvest. Human action, That is the seed too of contingencies, Strew'd on the dark land of futurity In hopes to reconcile the powers of fate. Whence it behoves us to seek out the seed-time, To watch the stars, select their proper hours, And trace with searching eye the heavenly houses, Whether the enemy of growth and thriving Hide himself not, malignant, in his corner. Therefore permit me my own time. Meanwhile Do you your part. As yet I cannot say What I shall do—only, give way I will not. Depose me too they shall not. On these points You may rely. PAGE (entering). My Lords, the Generals.

WALLENSTEin. Let them come in.

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