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COUNTESS.

THEKLA.

THEKLA.

COUNTESS.
Name it, I entreat you.

She will accommodate her soul to that

Which is and must be. I do know your mother. COUNTESS. It lies within your power to do your father

The far-off future weighs upon her heart A weighty service

With torture of anxiety; but is it

Unalterably, actually present,
THEKLA.
Lies within my power ?

She soon resigns herself, and bears it calmly.

THEKLA.
COUNTESS.
Max. Piccolomini loves you. You can link him

O my foreboding bosom! Even now,
Indissolubly to your father.

E'en now 't is here, that icy hand of horror!

And my young hope lies shuddering in its grasp;
THEKLA.

I knew it well-no sooner had I enter'd,
I ?

A heavy ominous presentiment
What need of me for that? And is he not

Reveal'd to me, that spirits of death were hovering Already link'd to him?

Over my happy fortune. But why think I
COUNTESS

First of myself? My mother! O my mother!
He was.

COUNTESS.
THEKLA.

Calm yourself! Break not out in vain lamenting!
And wherefore

Preserve you for your father the firm friend, Should he not be so now-not be so always ? And for yourself the lover, all will yet COUNTESS.

Prove good and fortunate.
He cleaves to the Emperor too.

THEKLA.
THEKLA.

Prove good! What good! Not more than duty Must we not part ?-part ne'er to meet again ? And honor may demand of him.

COUNTESS.
COUNTESS.

He parts not from you! He can not part from you
We ask

THEKLA.
Proofs of his love, and not proofs of his honor. Alas for his sore anguish! It will rend ·
Duty and honor!

His heart asunder.
Those are ambiguous words with many meanings.
You should interpret them for him: his love

If indeed he loves you, Should be the sole definer of his honor.

His resolution will be speedily taken.
THEKLA.
How?

His resolution will be speedily taken-
COUNTESS.

O do not doubt of that! A resolution!
The Emperor or you must he renounce.

Does there remain one to be taken?
THEKLA.

COUNTESS.
He will accompany my father gladly

Hush! In his retirement. From himself you heard,

Collect yourself! I hear your mother coming. How much he wish'd to lay aside the sword.

THEKLA.

How shall I bear to see her?
COUNTESS.

COUNTESS.
He must not lay the sword aside, we mean ;
He must unsheathe it in your father's cause.

Collect yourself

. THEKLA. He'll spend with gladness and alacrity His life, his heart's-blood in my father's cause,

SCENE III.
If shame or injury be intended him.

To them enter the DUCHESS.
COUNTESS.

DUCHESS (to the COUNTESS).
You will not understand me. Well, hear then : Who was here, sister? I heard some one talking,
Your father has fallen off from the Emperor, And passionately too.
And is about to join the enemy

COUNTESS. With the whole soldiery

Nay! There was no one.
THEKLA.

DUCHESS.
Alas, my mother!

I am grown so timorous, every trifling noise
COUNTESS.

Scatters my spirits, and announces to me There needs a great example to draw on

The footstep of some messenger of evil. The army after him. The Piccolomini

And you can tell me, sister, what the event is! Possess the love and reverence of the troops; Will he agree to do the Emperor's pleasure, They govern all opinions, and wherever

And send the horse-regiments to the Cardinal ?
They lead the way, none hesitate to follow. Tell me, has he dismiss'd Von Questenberg
The son secures the father to our interests With a favorable answer?
You've much in your hands at this moment.

COUNTESS
THEKLA.

No, he has not.
Ah,

DUCHESS.
My miserable mother! what a death-stroke Alas! then all is lost! I see it coming,
Awaits thee!
-No! she never will survive it. The worst that can come! Yes, they will depose hun

COUNTESS.

THEKLA.

COUNTESS.

DUCHESS.

THEKLA.

The accursed business of the Regensburg diet THEKLA (to the Countess, with marks of great oppresWill all be acted o'er again!

sion of spirits).

Aunt, you will excuse me ? (Is going). COUNTESS.

No! never! Make your heart easy, sister, as to that.

But whither? See, your father comes.
(THekla, in extreme ogitation, throws herself upon I cannot see him now.
her mother, and enfolds her in her arms, weeping.

Nay, but bethink you.
Yes, my poor child!
Thou 100 hast lost a most affectionate godmother
In the Empress. O that stem unbending man!

Believe me, I cannot sustain his presence.
In this unhappy marriage what have I
Not suffer'd, not endured ? For even as if

But he will miss you, will ask after you.
I had been link'd on to some wheel of fire
That restless, ceaseless, whirls impetuous onward,

What now? Why is she going?
I have pass'd a life of frights and horrors with him,

COUNTESS. And ever to the brink of some abyss

She's not well. With dizzy headlong violence he whirls me. Nay, do not weep, my child! Let not my sufferings

DUCHESS (anxiously). Presignify unhappiness to thee,

What ails then my beloved child ? Nor blacken with their shade the fate that waits thee. [Both follow the Princess, and endeavor to detain There lives no second Friedland: thou, my child,

her. During this WALLENSTEIN appears, engaged Hast not to fear thy mother's destiny.

in conversation with Illo.

COUNTESS.

DUCHESS.

THEKLA.

O let us supplicate him, dearest mother!

SCENE IV.
Quick! quick! here's no abiding-place for us.
Here
every coming hour broods into life

WALLENSTEIN, Illo, Countess, DUCHESS, THEKLA. Some new affrightful monster.

WALLENSTEIN.
DUCHESS.

All quiet in the camp?
Thou wilt share

ILLO.
An easier, calmer lot, my child! We too,

It is all quiet.
I and thy father, witness a happy days.
Sill think I with delight of those first years,

WALLENSTEIN.
When he was making progress with glad effort,

In a few hours may couriers come from Prague When his ambition was a genial fire,

With tidings, that this capital is ours. Not that consuming flame which now it is. Then we may drop the mask, and to the troops The Emperor loved him, trusted him: and all

Assembled in this town make known the measure He undertook could not but be successful.

And its result together. In such cases But since that ill-starr'd day at Regensburg,

Example does the whole. Whoever is foremost Which plunged him headlong from his dignity,

Sull leads the herd. An imitative creature A gloomy uncompanionable spirit,

Is man. The troops at Prague conceive no other, Unsteady and suspicious, has possess'd him.

Than that the Pilsen army has gone through His quiet mind forsook him, and no longer

The forms of homage to us; and in Pilsen Did he yield up himself in joy and faith

They shall swear fealty to us, because To his old luck, and individual power;

The example has been given them by Prague. But thenceforth turn'd his heart and best affections

Butler, you

tell
me,

has declared himself? All to those cloudy sciences, which never

ILLO Have yet made happy him who follow'd them. At his own bidding, unsolicited, COUNTESS.

He came to offer you himself and regiment. You see it, sister! as your eyes permit you.

WALLENSTEIN.
But surely this is not the conversation

I find we must not give implicit credence
To pass the time in which we are waiting for him. To every warning voice that makes itself
You know he will be soon here. Would you have Be listen'd to in the heart. To hold us back,
him

Of does the lying Spirit counterfeit
Find her in this condition?

The voice of Truth and inward Revelation,

Scattering false oracles. And thus have I
DUCHESS.

To entreat forgiveness, for that secretly
Come, my child!

I've wrong'd this honorable gallant man,
Come wipe away thy tears, and show thy father
A cheerful countenance. See, the tie-knot here

This Butler : for a feeling, of the which
Is off, this hair must not hang so dishevell’d.

I am not master (fear I would not call it), Come, dearest! dry thy tears up. They deform

Creeps o'er me instantly, with sense of shuddering, Thy gentle eye.-Well now-what was I saying?

At his approach, and stops love's joyous motion. Yez, in good truth, this Piccolomini

And this same man, against whom I am warnd,

This honest man is he, who reaches to me
Is a most noble and deserving gentleman. The first pledge of my fortune.
COUNTESS.

ILLO.

And doubt not

That is he, sister!

DUCHESS.

Come! my

COUNTESS.

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 ?

COUNTESS.
Isolani hither. Send him immediately.

She loves him!
He is under recent obligations to me:
With him will I commence the trial. Go.

WALLENSTEIN.

Loves him! Whorn ? [Erit Illo.

COUNTESS. WALLENSTEIN (turns himself round to the females). Max. does she love ! Max. Piccolomini. Lo, there the mother with the darling daughter : Hast thou ne'er noticed it? Nor yet my sister? For once we 'll have an interval of restheart yearns to live a cloudless hour

Was it this that lay so heavy on her heart? In the beloved circle of my family.

God's blessing on thee, my sweet child thou need's

Never take shame upon thee for thy choice. 'Tis long since we've been thus together, brother.

COUNTESS. WALLENSTEIN (to the Countess aside). This journey, if 't were not thy aim, ascribe it Can she sustain the news ? Is she prepared ? To thine own self. Thou shouldst have chosen anCOUNTESS.

other

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,
Which doth enchant the soul. Now such a voice

Hopes to win her! Will drive away from me the evil demon

Is the boy mad?
That beats his black wings close above my head.
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 daughter!
THEKLA.

Ay? the thought pleases me.
My mother! The young man has no grovelling spirit.

Not yet.

WALLENSTEIN.

COUNTESS.

COUNTESS

DUCHESS.

DUCHESS.

Since Trembling? come, collect thyself. Go, cheer

Such and such constant favor you have shown him. Thy father.

WALLENSTEIN.
THEKLA.

He chooses finally to be my heir.
O my mother! I–I cannot.

And true it is, I love the youth ; yea, honor him.
COUNTESS.

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 favor 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 mannersWho is thrusting, even now, my mother headlong

WALLENSTEIN
Into her grave.

Win him my heart, but not my daughter.
DUCHESS.
How, Thekla! Humorsome ?

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

His rank, his ancestors-
In vain ?

WALLENSTEIN.
COUNTESS.
Here is the lute.

Ancestors! What?
He is a subject, and my son-in-law

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

DUCHESS.
[The orchestra plays. During the ritornello THEKLA O dearest Albrecht! Climb we not too high,
expresses in her gestures and countenance the

Lest we should fall too low.
struggle of her feelings : and at the moment
that she should begin to sing, contracts her.

WALLENSTEIN.
self together, as one shuddering, throws the

What? have I paid instrument down, and retires abruptly.

A price so heavy to ascend this eminence,

And jut out high above the common: herd,
DUCHESS.
My child ! O she is ill-

Only to close the mighty part I play

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

Have I for this
What ails the maiden?

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

She is the only thing
COUNTESS.

That will remain behind of me on earth;
Since then herself
And I will see a crown around her head,

THEKLA

COUNTESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

TERTSKY.

WALLENSTEIN.

TERTSKY.

WALLENSTEIN.

TERTSKY.

DUCHESS.

Or die in the attempt to place it there.

SCENE V.
I hazard all-all! and for this alone,
To lift her into greatness

To them enter CounT TERTSKY.
Yea, in this moment, in the which we are speaking-

[He recollects himself. And I must now, like a soft-hearted father,

-Tertsky!
Couple together in good peasant-fashion

What ails him? What an image of affright!
The pair, that chance to suit each other's liking He looks as he had seen a ghost.
And I must do it now, even now, when I

TERTSKY (leading WALLENSTEIN aside).
Am stretching out the wreath that is to twine

Is it thy command that all the Croats-
My full accomplish'd work-no! she is the jewel,
Which I have treasured long, my last, my noblest,

Mine!
And 'tis my purpose not to let her from me
For less than a king's sceptre.

We are betray'd.
DUCHESS.
O my husband!

What?
You're ever building, building to the clouds,
Säll building higher, and still higher building,

They are off! This night
And ne'er reflect, that the poor narrow basis

The Jägers likewise—all the villages Cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.

In the whole round are empty.

WALLENSTEIN.
WALLENSTEIN (to the COUNTESS.)

Isolani ?
Have you announced the place of residence

TERTSKY
Which I have destined for her ?

Him thou hast sent away. Yes, surely.
COUNTESS.
No! not yet.

I?
Twere better you yourself disclosed it to her,

No! Hast thou not sent him off? Nor Deodate?
DUCHESS.
How! Do we not return to Karn then?

They are vanish'd both of them.
WALLENSTEIN.
No.

SCENE VI.
And to no other of your lands or seats ?

To them enter ILLO.
WALLENSTEIN.
You would not be secure there.

Has Tertsky told thee?

He knows all.
Not secure

ILLO.
In the Emperor's realms, beneath the Emperor's
Protection

And likewise
That Esterhatzy, Goetz, Maradas, Kaunitz,
WALLENSTEIN.

Kolatto, Palfi, have forsaken thee.
Friedland's wife may be permitted

TERTSKY.
No longer to hope that.

Damnation !
DUCHESS.

WALLENSTEIN (winks at them).
O God in Heaven!

Hush!
And have you brought it even to this!

COUNTESS (who has been watching them anxiously from WALLENSTEIN.

the distance, and now advances to them).

In Holland Tertsky! Heaven! What is it? What has happen'd? You'll find protection.

WALLENSTEIN (scarcely suppressing his emotion).
DUCHESS.

Nothing! let us be gone!
In a Lutheran country?

TERTSKY ( following him).
What? And you send us into Lutheran countries ?

Theresa, it is nothing. WALLENSTEIN.

COUNTESS (holding him back). Duke Franz of Lauenburg conducts you thither. Nothing? Do I not see, that all the life-blood DUCHESS.

Has left your cheeks-look you not like a ghost ? Duke Franz of Lauenburg?

That even my brother but affects a calmness? The ally of Sweden, the Emperor's enemy.

PAGE (enters).
WALLENSTEIN.

An Aid-de-Camp inquires for the Count Tertsky. The Emperor's enemies are mine no longer.

(TERTSKY follows the PAGE.

WALLENSTEIN.
DUCHESS (casting a look of terror on the Duke and the Go, hear his business.

COUNTESS.)
Is it then true? It is. You are degraded ?

(To ILLO).

This could not have happen'd Deposed from the command ? o God in Heaven!

So unsuspected without mutiny.
COUNTESS (aside to the DUKE).

Who was on guard at the gates ?
Leave her in this belief. Thou seest she can not

ILLO. Support the real truth.

'Twas Tiefenbach.

ILLO.

TERTSKY

DUCHESS.

TERTSKY.

COUNTESS.

WALLENSTEIN.

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.

TERTSKY. (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.
ILLO.

Thou gavest him thy own horses to flee from thee.
Him 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. [Illo eril. WallENSTEIN is following him.

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

I never reckon'd yet on gratitude.
WALLENSTEIN.
Be tranquil! leave me, sister! dearest wife!

And wherein doth he wrong in going from me!

He follows still the god whom all his life
We are in camp, and this is naught unusual ;
Here storm and sunshine follow one another

He has worshipp'd at the gaming-table. With

My fortune, and my seeming destiny, With rapid interchanges. These fierce spirits

He made the bond, and broke it not with me. Champ the curb angrily, and never yet

I am but the ship in which his hopes were stow'd, Did quiet bless the temples of the leader.

And with the which well-pleased and confident If I am to stay, go you. The plaints of women

He traversed the open sea ; now he beholds it Ill suit the scenes where men must act.

In eminent jeopardy among the coast-rocks,
[He is going : TERTSKY returns.
And hurries to preserve his wares.

As light
TERTSKY
Remain here. From this window must we see it.

As the free bird from the hospitable twig

Where it had nested, he flies off from me:
WALLENSTEIN (to the COUNTESS).

No human tie is snapp'd betwixt us two.
Sister, retire!

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

Who seeks a heart in the unthinking man.

Like shadows on a stream, the forms of life
WALLENSTEIN.
"Tis my will.

Impress their characters on the smooth forehead, TERTSKY (leads the COUNTESS aside, and drawing her Naught sinks into the bosom's silent depth : attention to the DUCHESS).

Quick sensibility of pain and pleasure Theresa !

Moves the light fluids lightly; but no soul

Warmeth the inner frame.
DUCHESS.

TERTSKY.
Sister, come! since he commands it.

Yet, would I rather
Trust the smooth brow than that deep-furrow'd one.

ILLO.

SCENE VII.
WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY.

SCENE VIII.
WALLENSTEIN (stepping to the window).

WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, ILLO.
What now, then?

ILLO (who enters agitated with Tage).
TERTSKY
There are strange movements among all the troops,

Treason and mutiny!
And no one knows the cause. Mysteriously,

TERTSKY. With gloomy silence, the several corps

And what further now! Marshal themselves, each under its own banners. Tiefenbach's corps make threatning movements; only Tiefenbach's soldiers, when I gave the orders The Pappenheimers still remain aloof

To go off guard-Mutinous villains ! In their own quarters, and let no one enter.

TERTSKY.

Well!
WALLENSTEIN.

WALLENSTEIN.
Does Piccolomini appear among them?

What followed ?
TERTSKY

ILLO.
We are seeking him : he is nowhere to be met with.

They refused obedience to them
WALLENSTEIN.
What did the Aid-de-Camp deliver to you? Fire on them instantly! Give out the order.

WALLENSTEIN.
My regiments had dispatch'd him; yet once more Gently! what cause did they assign?
They swear fidelity to thee, and wait

ILLO.
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.

TERTSKY.

TERTSKY.

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