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Unheard, unseen, they 'll undermine that love

WALLENSTEIN. On which thou now dost feel so firm a footing,

I will hear, however, With wily theft will draw away from thee

What the Swede has to say to me.
One after the other-

ILLO (eagerly to TERTSKY).

Go, call him!
"Tis a cursed accident! He stands without the door in waiting.

Oh! I will call it a most blessed one,
If it work on thee as it ought to do,

Hurry thee on to action-lo decision-

Stay yet a little. It hath taken me The Swedish General

| All by surprise, -it came too quick upon me;

"Tis wholly novel, that an accident,

With its dark lordship, and blind agency,
He's arrived! Know'st thou Should force me on with it.
What his commission is-

First hear him only,
To thee alone

And after weigh it. [Exeunt TERTSKY and ILLO Will he intrust the purpose of his coming.




A cursed, cursed accident! Yes, yes,

Sexina knows too much, and won't be silent:

WALLENSTEIN (in soliloquy).
He's a Bohemian fugitive and rebel.

Is it possible ?
His neck is forfeit. Can he gave himself

Is't so? I can no longer what I would ? At thy cost, think you he will scruple it?

No longer draw back at my liking? I And if they put him to the torture, will he,

Must do the deed, because I thought of it, Will he, that dastardling, have strength enough

And fed this heart here with a dream? Because

I did not scowl temptation from my presence,
WALLENSTEIN (lost in thought).

Dallied with thoughts of possible fulfilment,
Their confidence is lost-irreparably!

Commenced no movement, left all time uncertain, And I may act what way I will, I shall

And only kept the road, the access open ?
Be and remain for ever in their thought

By the great God of Heaven! It was not
A traitor to my country. How sincerely
Soever I return back to my duty,

My serious meaning, it was ne'er resolve.
It will no longer help me--

I but amused myself with thinking of it.
The free-will tempted me, the power to do

Or not to do it.-Was it criminal
Ruin thee,

To make the fancy minister to hope,
That it will do! Not thy fidelity,

To fill the air with pretty toys of air, Thy weakness will be deem'd the sole occasion- And clutch fantastic sceptres moving t'ward me! WALLENSTEIN ( pacing up and down in extreme Was not the world kept free? Beheld I not agilation).

The road of duty close beside membut What! I must realize it now in earnest,

One little step, and once more I was in it! Because I toy'd too freely with the thought?

Where am I? Whither have I been transported ? Accurred he who dallies with a devil!

No road, no track behind me, but a wall, And must I-I must realize it now

Impenetrable, insurmountable,
Now, while I have the power, it must take place!

Rises obedient to the spells I mutter'd
And meant not-my own doings tower behind me.

[Pauses and remains in deep thought. Now-now-ere they can ward and parry it!

A punishable man I seem; the guilt, WALLENSTEIN (looking at the paper of signalures). Try what I will, I cannot roll off from me; I have the General's word—a written promise! The equivocal demeanor of


life Mar. Piccolomini stands not here-how's that? Bears witness on my prosecutor's party.

And even my purest acts from purest motives It was- -he fancied

Suspicion poisons with malicious gloss.

Were I that thing for which I pass, that traitor,
Mere self-willedness.

A goodly outside I had sure reserved,
There needed no such thing 'twixt him and you.

Had drawn the coverings thick and double round me,
Been calm and chary of my utterance;

But being conscious of the innocence
He is quite rightthere needeth no such thing.

Of my intent, my uncorrupted will, The regiments, 100, deny to march for Flanders

I gave way to my humors, to my passion : Hare sent me in a paper of remonstrance,

Bold were my words, because my deeds were nol. And openly resist the Imperial orders.

Now every planless measure, chance event, The first step to revolt's already taken.

The threat of rage, the vaunt of joy and triumph, ILLO.

And all the May-games of a heart o'erflowing, Believe me, thou wilt find it far more easy Will they connect, and weave them all together To lead them over to the enemy

Into one web of treason; all will be plan, Than to the Spaniard.

My eye ne'er absent from the far-off mark,





Step tracing step, each step a politic progress;

WRANGEL And out of all they 'll fabricate a charge

Gustave Wrangel, General So specious, that I must myself stand dumb. Of the Sudermanian Blues. I am caught in my own net, and only force,

WALLENSTEIN. Naught but a sudden rent can liberate me.

It was a Wrangel [Pauses again. Who injured me materially at Stralsund, How else! since that the heart's unbiass'd instinct

And by his brave resistance was the cause
Impellid me to the daring deed, which now

Of the opposition which that sea-port made.
Necessity, self-preservation, orders.
Stern is the On-look of Necessity,
Not without shudder may a human hand

It was the doing of the element
Grasp the mysterious urn of destiny.

With which you fought, my Lord! and not my merit My deed was mine, remaining in my bosom : The Baltic Neptune did assert his freedom: Once suffer'd to escape from its safe corner The sea and land, it seem'd, were not to serve Within the heart, its nursery and birth-place, One and the same. Sent forth into the Foreign, it belongs

WALLENSTEIN (makes the motion for him to take a seat, For ever to those sly malicious powers

and seats himself). Whom never art of man conciliated. [Paces in agitation through the chamber, then pauses. Come you provided with full powers, Sir General !

And where are your credentials!
and, after the pause, breaks out again into
audible soliloquy.

What is thy enterprise ? thy aim? thy object? There are so many scruples yet to solve -
Hast honestly confess'd it to thyself?

WALLENSTEIN (having read the credentials).
Power seated on a quiet throne thou 'dst shake, An able letter-Ayhe is a prudent
Power on an ancient consecrated throne,

Intelligent master, whom you serve, Sir General !
Strong in possession, founded in old custom ; The Chancellor writes me, that he but fulfils
Power by a thousand tough and stringy roots His late departed Sovereign's own idea
Fix'd to the people's pious nursery-faith.

In helping me to the Bohemian crown.
This, this will be no strise of strength with strength.
That fear'd I not. I brave each combatant,

Whom I can look on, fixing eye to eye,

He says the truth. Our great King, now in heaven, Who, full himself of courage, kindles courage

Did ever deem most highly of your Grace's In me too. 'Tis a foe invisible.

Pre-eminent sense and military genius; The which I fear—a fearsul enemy,

And always the commanding Intellect, Which in the human heart opposes me,

He said, should have command, and be the King. By its coward sear alone made fearful to me. Not that, which full of life, instinct with power,

Yes, he might say it safely.--General Wrangel, Makes known its present being; that is not

[Taking his hand affectionatdy The true, the perilously formidable.

Come, fair and open.— Trust me, I was always O no! it is the common, the quite common,

A Swede at heart. Ey! that did you experience The thing of an eternal yesterday,

Both in Silesia and at Nuremburg ; What ever was, and evermore returns,

I had you often in my power, and let you Sterling to-morrow, for to-day 't was sterling!

Always slip out by some back-door or other. For of the wholly common is man made,

"Tis this for which the Court can ne'er forgive me. And custom is his nurse! Woe then to them,

Which drives me to this present step: and since Who lay irreverent hands upon his old

Our interests so run in one direction, House furniture, the dear inheritance

E'en let us have a thorough confidence
From his forefathers! For time consecrates ;

Each in the other.
And what is gray with age becomes religion.
Be in possession, and thou hast the right,

Confidence will come
And sacred will the many guard it for thee!

Has each but only first security. [7'd the Page, who here enters. The Swedish officer ?- Well, let him enter. [The Page exit, WALLENSTEIN fixes his eye in deep The Chancellor still, I see, does not quite trust me; thought on the door.

And, I confess—the game does not lie wholly Yet is it pure-as yet! the crime has come To my advantage-Without doubt he thinks, Not o'er this threshold yet—so slender is

If I can play false with the Emperor,
The boundary that divideth life's two paths.

Who is my Sov'reign, I can do the like
With the enemy, and that the one too were
Sooner to be forgiven me than the other.
Is not this your opinion too, Sir General ?






I have here an office merely, no opinion.


The Emperor hath urged me to the uttermost. WALLENSTEIN (after having fixed a searching look on I can no longer honorably serve him. him).

For my security, in self-defence, Your name is Wrangel?

I take this hard step, which my conscience blames


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Not me, your own eyes you must trust. That I believe. So far would no one go

[He gives him the paper containing the written Who was not forced to it.

(After a pause.

oath. WRANGEL reads it through, and, having What may have impellid

read it, lays it on the table, remaining silent. Your princely Highness in this wise to act

So then ?
Toward your Sovereign Lord and Emperor, Now comprehend you ?
Beseems not us to expound or criticise.
The Swede is fighting for his good old cause,

Comprehend who can! With his good sword and conscience. This concur. My Lord Duke; I will let the mask drop-yes ! rence,

I've full powers for a final settlement. This opportunity, is in our favor,

The Rhinegrave stands but four days' march from And all advantages in war are lawful.

here We take what offers without questioning ;

With fifteen thousand men, and only waits
And if all have its due and just proportions-

For orders to proceed and join your army.

Those orders I give out, immediately
Of what then are ye doubting? Of my will ?

We're compromised. Or of my power? I pledged me to the Chancellor,

WALLENSTEIN. Would he trust me with sixteen thousand men,

What asks the Chancellor ?
That I would instantly go over to them

WRANGEL (considerately).
Writh eighteen thousand of the Emperor's troops. Twelve regiments, every man a Swede-my head

The warranty—and all might prove at last
Your Grace is known to be a mighty war-chief, Only false play-
To be a second Attila and Pyrrhus.

WALLENSTEIN (starting). 'Tis talk'd of still with fresh astonishment,

Sir Swede! How some years past, beyond all human faith,

WRANGEL (calmly proceeding).
You call'd an army forth, like a creation :

Am therefore forced
T'insist thereon, that he do formally,

Irrevocably break with the Emperor,
But yet?

Else not a Swede is trusted to Duke Friedland.

But still the Chancellor thinks, Come, bries, and open! What is the demand ?
It might yet be an easier thing from nothing

To call forth sixty thousand men of battle,
Than to pi suade one sixtieth part of them,

That he forth with disarm the Spanish regiments
Attach'd to the Emperor, that he seize Prague,

And to the Swedes give up that city, with
What now? Out with it, friend?

The strong pass Egra.

To break their oaths. That is much indeed!

Prague !- Egra's granted - Butbut Prague!
And he thinks so ?—He judges like a Swede,

"T won't do. And like a Protestant. You Lutherans

I give you every security Fight for your Bible. You are interested

Which you may ask of me in common reasonAbout the cause ; and with your hearts you follow

But Prague-Bohemia—these, Sir General, Your banners.-Among you, whoe'er deserts

I can myself protect. To the enemy, hath broken covenant

WRANGEL With two Lords at one time.- We've no such fan

We doubt it not.

But 't is not the protection that is now

Our sole concern. We want security,
Great God in Heaven! Have then the people here That we shall not expend our men and money
No house and home, no fire-side, no altar! All to no purpose.

I will explain that to you, how it stands :-

"Tis but reasonable.
The Austrian has a country, ay, and loves it,
And has good cause to love it--but this army, And till we are indemnified, so long
That calls itself the Imperial, this that houses
Here in Bohemia, this has none-no country ;

Stays Prague in pledge.

This is an outcast of all forcign lands,

Then trust you us so little ?
Unclaim'd by town or tribe, to whom belongs
Nothing, except the universal sun.

WRANGEL (rising).

The Swede, if he would treat well with the German, WRANGEL But then the Nobles and the Officers ?

Must keep a sharp look-out. We have been callid

Over the Baltic, we have saved the empire
Such a desertion, such a felony,

From ruin-with our best blood have we seald
It is without example, my Lord Duke,
In the world's history.

The liberty of faith, and gospel truth.

But now already is the benefaction

No longer felt, the load alone is felt,-
They are all mine Ye look askance with evil eye upon us,
Mine unconditionally—mine on all terms. As foreigners, intruders in the empire,





And would fain send us, with some paltry sum

Of money, home again to our old forests.

Ye press me hard. A measure, such as this,
No, no! my Lord Duke! no!-it never was Ought to be thought of.
For Judas' pay, for chinking gold and silver,

That we did leave our King by the Great Stone.*

Ay! but think of this too, No, not for gold and silver have there bled That sudden action only can procure it So many of our Swedish Nobles--neither Success—think first of this, your Highness. Will we, with empty laurels for our payment,

Hoist sail for our own country. Citizens
Will we remain upon the soil, the which
Our Monarch conquer'd for himself, and died.

Help to keep down the common enemy,

WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, and ILLO (re-enter). And the fair border-land must needs be yours.


Is't all right?
But when the common enemy lies vanquish'd,

TERTSKY. Who knits together our new friendship then?

Are you compromised ? We know, Duke Friedland! though perhaps the Swede

ILLO, Ought not t' have known it, that you carry on

This Swede Secret negotiations with the Saxons.

Went smiling from you. Yes! you're compromised. Who is our warranty, that we are not

WALLENSTEIN. The sacrifices in those articles

As yet is nothing settled: and (well weighd)
Which 't is thought needful to conceal from us? I feel myself inclined to leave it so.


How? What was that?
Think you of something better, Gustave Wrangel!

WALLENSTEIN. Of Prague no more.

Come on me what may come,

The doing evil to avoid an evil
Here my commission ends.

Can not be good!

Surrender up to you my capital !

Nay, but bethink you, Duke. Far liever would I face about, and step

Back to my Emperor.

To live upon the mercy of these Swedes!

Of these proud-hearted Swedes !-I could not bear it.

If time yet permits

Goest thou as fugitive, as mendicant?

Bringest thou not more to them than thou receivest? That lies with me, even now, at any hour.

Some days ago, perhaps. Today, no longer;
No longer since Sesina 's been a prisoner.

(WALLENSTEIN is struck, and silenced.

To these enter the COUNTESS TERTSKY.
My Lord Duke, hear me--We believe that you

At present do mean honorably by us.
Since yesterday we're sure of that--and now

Who sent for you? There is no business here

For women.
paper warrants for the troops, there's nothing
Stands in the way of our full contidence.
Prague shall not part us. Hear! The Chancellor

I am come to bid you joy.
Contents himself with Albstadt; to your Grace'

WALLENSTEIN. He gives up Ratschin and the narrow side.

Use thy authority, Tertsky; bid her go. But Egra above all must open to us,

Ere we can think of any junction.

Come I perhaps too early? I hope not.


Set not this tongue upon me, I entreat you :
You therefore must I trust, and you not me?

You know it is the weapon that destroys me. I will consider of your proposition.

I am routed, if a woman but attack me:

I cannot traffic in the trade of words

With that, unreasoning sex.
I must entreat, that your consideration

Occupy not too long a time. Already
Has this negotiation, my Lord Duke!

I had already
Crept on into the second year. If nothing

Given the Bohemians a king. Is settled this time, will the Chancellor

WALLENSTEIN (sarcastically).
Consider it as broken off for ever.

They have one,
In consequence, no doubt.
COUNTESS (to the others).

Ila! what new scruple! * A great stone near Lützen, since called the Swede's Stone. the body of their great king having been found at the foot of it,

TERTSKY after the battle in which he lost his life.

The Duke will not.





To the old position. On some morrow morning He will not what he must! The Duke departs; and now 't is stir and bustle

Within his castles. He will hunt, and build; It lies with you now. Try. For I am silenced,

Superintend his horses' pedigrees, When folks begin to talk to me of conscience,

Creates himself a court, gives golden keys,

And introduceth strictest ceremony
And of fidelity.

In fine proportions, and nice etiquette ;
How? then, when all

keeps open table with high cheer; in brief,

Commenceth mighty King—in miniature.
Lay in the far-off distance, when the road
Stretch'd out before thine eyes interminably,

And while he prudently demeans himself,
Then hadst thou courage and resolve; and now,

And gives himself no actual importance, Now that the dream is being realized,

He will be let appear whate'er he likes :

And who dares doubt, that Friedland will appear The purpose ripe, the issue ascertain'd, Dost thou begin to play the dastard now?

A mighty Prince to his last dying hour? Plann'd merely, 'tis a common felony;

Well now, what then? Duke Friedland is as others,

A fire-new Noble, whom the war hath raised
Accomplishd, an immortal undertaking :

To price and currency, a Jonah's gourd,
And with success comes pardon hand in hand ;
For all event is God's arbitrement.

An over-night creation of couri-favor,

Which with an undistinguishable ease
SERVANT (enters).

Makes Baron or makes Prince.
The Colonel Piccolomini.

WALLENSTEIN (in extreme agitation).
COUNTESS (hastily).

Take her away.
--Must wait.

Let in the young Count Piccolomini.

I cannot see him now. Another time.

Art thou in earnest ? I entreat thee! Canst thou

Consent to bear thyself to thy own grave
But for two minutes he entreats an audience:

So ignominiously to be dried up?
Of the most urgent nature is his business.

Thy life, that arrogated such a height,

To end in such a nothing! To be nothing,

When one was always nothing, is an evil
Who knows what he may bring us! I will hear him. That asks no stretch of patience, a light evil;
COUNTESS (laughs).

But to become a nothing, having been—
Urgent for him, no doubt; but thou mayest wait. WALLENSTEIN (starts up in violent agitation).

Show me a way out of this stilling crowd, What is it?

Ye Powers of Aidance! Show me such a way

As I am capable of going.–1
Thou shalt be inform'd hereafter. Am no tongue-hero, no fine virtue-pratiler;
First let the Swede and thee be compromised.

I cannot warm by thinking; cannot say
[Exit SERVANT. To the good luck that turns her back upon me,

Magnanimously : “Go; I need thee not.”
If there were yet a choice! if yet some milder Cease I to work, I am annihilated.
Way of escape were possible-I still

Dangers nor sacrifices will I shun,
Will choose it, and avoid the last extreme. If so I may avoid the last extreme;

But ere I sink down into nothingness,
Desirest thou nothing further? Such a way

Leave off so little, who began so great,

Ere that the world confuses me with those
Lies still before thee. Send this Wrangel off
Forget thou thy old hopes, cast far away

Poor wretches, whom a day creates and crumbles,

This age and afier ages* speak my name All the past life; determine to commence

With hate and dread ; and Friedland be redemption
A new one. Virtue hath her heroes too,
As well as Fame and Fortune.-To Vienna-

For each accursed deed!
Hence--to the Emperor-kneel before the throne ;
Take a full coffer with thee-say aloud,

What is there here, then, 'Thou didst but wish to prove thy fealty ;

So against nature? Help me to perceive it!
Thy whole intention but to dupe the Swede. O lei not Superstition's nightly goblins

Subdue thy clear bright spirit! Art thou bid
Fer that 100 't is too ln:e. They know too much :

To murder ?--with abhorr'd accursed poniard, He would but bear his own head to the block.

To violate the breasts that nourish'd thee?
That were against our nature, that might aptly

Make thy flesh shudder, and thy whole heart sicken.
I fear not that. They have not evidence
To attaint hinn legally, and they avoid
The avowal of an arbitrary power.

* Could I have hazarded such a Germanism, as the use of They'll let the Duke resign without disturbance. the word after-world, for posterity.-" Es spreche Welt und I see how all will end. The King of Hungary

Nachrelt meinen Namen"--might have been rendered with Makes his appearance, and 't will of itself

more literal fidelity :-Let world and after-world speak out my Be understood, that then the Duke retires,

name, etc.

† I have not ventured to affront the fastidious delicacy of our There will not want a formal declaration :

age with the literal translation of this line, young king will administer the oath

werth To the whole army; and so all returns

Die Eingeweide schaudernd aufzuregen.




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