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WALLENSTEIN (in a convulsion of agony). WALLENSTEIN (meets him with outspread arms, and What? How is that?
embraces him with warmth).
Come to my heart, old comrade! Not the sun
In the earliest month of spring,
Than a friend's countenance in such an hour.
WALLENSTEIN (leaning on BUTLER's shoulders). The Generals made that stealthy flight
Know'st thou already?
That old man has betray'd me to the Emperor.
Lived out, and held out, sharing joy and hardship. Caraffa too, and Montecuculi,
We have slept in one camp-bed, drunk from one glass, Are missing, with six other Generals,
One morsel shared! I lean'd myself on him,
As now I lean me on thy faithful shoulder.
He sees and takes the advantage, stabs the knife Some days ago with the Envoy Questenberg. Slowly into my heart. (WALLEXSTEIN sinks down into a chair, and covers
[He hides his face on BUTLER's breast. his face.
Forget the false one. O hadst thou but believed me!
What is your present purpose ?
Courage, my soul! I am still rich in friends,
Sull loved by Destiny; for in the moment,
That it unmasks the plotting hypocrite,
It sends and proves to me one faithful heart.
Of the hypocrite no more! Think not, his loss For heaven's sake, tell me, what has taken place ?
Was that which struck the pang: 0 no! his treason
Dear to my heart, and honor'd were they both, The regiments are all falling off from us.
And the young man-yes—he did truly love me,
He-he-has not deceived me. But enough, Octavio Piccolomini is a traitor.
Enough of this-Swist counsel now beseems us,
The courier, whom Count Kinsky sent from Prague, O my foreboding! [Rushes out of the room. (I expect him every moment: and whatever TERTSKY.
He may bring with him, we must take good care Hadst thou but believed me! To keep it from the mutineers. Quick, then! Now seest thou how the stars have lied to thee. Dispatch some messenger you can rely on WALLENSTEIN.
To meet him, and conduct him to me. The stars lie not; but we have here a work
[Illo is going. Wrought counter to the stars and destiny.
BUTLER (detaining him).
My General, whom expect you then ?
The courier Out of her limits, there all science errs.
Who brings me word of the event at Prague. True, I did not suspect! Were it superstition
BUTLER (hesitating). Never by such suspicion t' have affronted
Hem! The human form, O may that time ne'er come
And what now?
You do not know it? "T was not thy prudence that did conquer mine ;
From what that larum in the camp arose ?
WALLENSTEIN (with eager expectation).
A proud commander with his army following ;
Is already here. If we must wander on from land to land,
Like the Count Palatine, of fallen greatness
An ignominious monument—But no!
That day I will not see! And could himself
Endure to sink so low, I would not bear
To see him so low sunken.
For some hours.
WALLENSTEIN. And I not know it?
COUNTESS, DUCHESS, THEKLA.
THEKLA (endeavoring to hold back the DUCHESS). In eustody.
Dear mother, do'stay here!
No! Here is yet
Some frightful mystery that is hidden from me.
Why does my sister shun me? Don't I see her Was broken open, and is circulated
Full of suspense and anguish roam about Through the whole camp.
From room to room ?-Art thou not full of terror? WALLENSTEIN.
And what import these silent nods and gestures You know what it contains ? Which stealthwise thou exchangest with her?
BUTLER Question me not!
Nothing, dear mother! nlo! alas for us.
DUCHESS (to the COUNTESS).
Sister, I will know.
Or later she must learn to hear and bear it. Yes! Prague is lost. And all the several regiments Tis not the time now to indulge infirmity ; At Budweiss, Tabor, Brannau, Konigingratz,
Courage beseems us now, a heart collect, At Brun and Znaym, have forsaken you,
And exercise and previous discipline And ta'en the oaths of fealty anew
Of fortitude. One word, and over with it! To the Emperor. Yourself, with Kinsky, Tertsky,
Sister, you are deluded. You believe, And Illo have been sentenced.
The Duke has been deposed–The Duke is not [TERtsky and Illo express alarm and fury. Deposed—he isWALLENSTEIN remains firm and collected.
THEKLA (going to the COUNTESS).
What? do you wish to kill her? "T is decided!
COUNTESS. "Tis well! I have received a sudden cure
The Duke is From all the pangs of doubt: with steady stream THEKLA (throwing her arms around her mother). Once more my life-blood flows! My soul's secure!
O stand firm! stand firm, my mother! In the night only Friedland's stars can beam.
Revolted is the Duke; he is preparing
To join the enemy; the army leave him,
SCENE-A spacious room in the DUKE OF FRIEDLAND'S COUNTESS TERTSKY (enlers from a side-room).
Palace. I can endure no longer. No!
(WALLENSTEIN in armor). (Looks around ler. Thou hast gain'd thy point, Octavio! Once more am I Where are they?
Almost as friendless as at Regensburg. No one is here. They leave me all alone,
There I had nothing left me, but myselfAlone in this sore anguish of suspense.
But what one man can do, you have now experience. And I must wear the outward show of calmness The twigs have you hew'd off, and here I stand Before my sister, and shut in within me
A leafless trunk. But in the sap within The pangs and agonies of my crowded bosom. Lives the creating power, and a new world It is not to be borne.--If all should fail ;
May sprout forth from it. Once already have I If-if he must go over to the Swedes,
Proved myself worth an army to you-I alone! An empty-handed fugitive, and not
Before the Swedish strength your troops had melted; As an ally, a covenanted equal,
Beside the Lech sunk Tilly, your last hope :
Into Bavaria, like a winter torrent,
WALLENSTEIN (after he has run through them with his Did that Gustavus pour, and at Vienna
eye, to the ANSPESSADE).
I know thee well. Thou art out of Brüggin in Flan-
Thou wert cut off on the march, surrounded by Assemble forces in the desolate camps.
the Hessians, and didst fight thy way with a hunI did it. Like a god of war, my name
dred and eighty men through their thousand. Went through the world. The drum was beat-and, lo!
'T was even so, General ! And as the wood-choir rich in melody
WALLENSTEIN. Assemble quick around the bird of wonder,
What reward hadst thou for this gallant exploit ? When first his throat swells with his magic song, So did the warlike youth of Germany
That which I asked for: the honor to serve in this Crowd in around the image of my eagle.
corps. I feel myself the being that I was.
WALLENSTEIN (turning to a second). It is the soul that builds itself a body,
Thou wert among the volunteers that seized and And Friedland's camp will not remain unfill'd.
made booty of the Swedish battery at Altenburg. Lead then your thousands out to meet me-true! They are accustom'd under me to conquer,
Yes, General ! Bat not against me. If the head and limbs
WALLENSTEIN. Separate from each other, 't will be soon
I forget no one with whom I have exchanged words. Made manifest, in which the soul abode.
(A pause). Who sends you? (Illo and TERTSKY enter). Courage, friends! Courage! We are still unvanquish'd; I feel my footing firm ; five regiments, Tertsky,
Your noble regiment, the Cuirassiers of Piccolomini. Are still our own, and Butler's gallant troops ;
WALLENSTEIN. And a host of sixteen thousand Swedes tomorrow.
Why does not your colonel deliver in your request, I was not stronger, when nine years ago
according to the custom of service ? I march'd forth, with glad heart and high of hope,
ANSPESSADE. To conquer Germany for the Emperor.
Because we would first know whom we serve.
Begin your address.
ANSPESSADE (giving the word of command). WALLENSTEIN, Illo, TERTSKY. (To them enter Neu
Shoulder your arms!
Thy name is Risbeck; Cologne is thy birth-place.
Risbeck of Cologne.
It was thou that broughtest in the Swedish colonel
Diebald, prisoner, in the camp at Nüremberg.
It was not I, General !
Perfectly right! It was thy elder brother: thou hadst [Exit Neumann. a younger brother too: where did he stay?
This May end in something. Mark you. They are still
He is stationed at Olmütz with the Imperial army. Doubtful, and may be won.
WALLENSTEIN (lo the ANSPESSADE).
There came to hand a letter from the Emperor,
Commanding us WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, Illo, TEN CUIRASSIERS (led by an ANSPESSADE,* march up and arrange
WALLENSTEIN (interrupting him).
Who chose you?
Every company self again).
Drew its own man by lot.
Now! to the business.
ANSPESSADE. Anecessade, in German, Gefreiter, a soldier inferior to a There came to hand a letier from the Emperor, corporal, but above the sentinels. The German name implies that be is exempt from mounting guard.
Commanding us collectively, from thee
All duties of obedience to withdraw,
Hath sacrificed me to my enemies,
And must fall, unless my gallant troops
Will rescue me. See! I confide in you.
And be your hearts my strong-hold! At this breast
The aim is taken, at this hoary head.
This is your Spanish gratitude, this is our
Requital for that murderous fight at Lutzen!
For this we threw the naked breast against Obey'd already; and the regiments here,
The halbert, made for this the frozen earth Tiefenbach and Toscano, instantly
Our bed, and the hard stone our pillow! never stream Did follow their example. But-but we
Too rapid for us, nor wood too impervious : Do not believe that thou art an enemy
With cheerful spirit we pursued that Mansfield And traitor to thy country, hold it merely
Through all the turns and windings of his flight; For lie and trick, and a trump’d-up Spanish story?
Yea, our whole life was but one restless march;
[With warmth. Thyself shalt tell us what thy purpose is,
And homeless as the stirring wind, we travellid
O'er the war-wasted earth. And now, even now, For we have found thee still sincere and true :
That we have well-nigh finish'd the hard til, No mouth shall interpose itself betwixt
The unthankful, the curse-laden toil of wcapolis, The gallant General and the gallant troops.
With faithful indefatigable arm
Have roll’d the heavy war-load up the hill,
Behold! this boy of the Emperor's bears away
The honors of the peace, an easy prize!
He'll weave, forsooth, into his flaxen locks
The olive-branch, the hard-earn'd ornament
Of this gray head, grown gray beneath the helmet.
That shall he not, while we can hinder it!
No one, but thou, who hast conducted it
With fame, shall end this war, this frightful war.
Thou ledd'st us out into the bloody field
of death ; thou and no other shall conduct us have Turn from thee, by ourselves will we stand forth
Rejoicing to the lovely plains of peaceThy faithful soldiers, and, as is our duty,
Shalt share with us the fruits of the long toiFar rather let ourselves be cut to pieces,
What? Think you then at length in late old
To enjoy the fruits of toil ? Believe it not.
Never, no never, will you see the end
of the contest ! you and me, and all of us,
This war will swallow up! War, war, not peace, That letter
Is Austria's wish ; and therefore, because I
Endeavor'd after peace, therefore I fall.
For what cares Austria, how long the war
Wears out the armies and lays waste the world!
Yes, or no! She will but wax and grow amid the ruin, There needs no other answer.
And still win new domains.
[The Cuirassiers express agitation by their gestures
Yield attention. You 're men of sense, examine for yourselves;
A noble rage flash from your eyes, ye warrions! Ye think, and do not follow with the herd :
Oh that my spirit might possess you now And therefore have I always shown you honor
Daring as once it led you to the battle! Above all others, suffer'd you to reason;
Ye would stand by me with your veteran artis Have treated you as free men, and my orders
Protect me in my rights; and this is noble! Were but the echoes of your prior suffrage.
But think not that you can accomplish it,
Your scanty number! to no purpose will you
Have sacrificed you for
your To us, my General! With thy confidence Thou hast honor'd us, and shown us grace and favor The Swedes have proffer'd us assistance, let us
No! let us tread securely, seek for friends! Beyond all other regiments; and thou see'st
Wear for a while the appearance of good-will
. We follow not the common herd. We will Stand by thee faithfully. Speak but one word
And use them for your profit, till we both Thy word shall satisfy us, that it is not
Carry the fate of Europe in our hands, A treason which thou meditatest-that
And from our camp to the glad jubilant world
Lead Peace forth with the garland on her head!
'Tis then but mere appearances which thou Me, me are they betraying. The Emperor Dost put on with the Swede? Thou 'lt not betray
The Emperor? Wilt not turn us into Swedes?
To these enter the DUCHESS, who rushes into the Cham-
ber. THEKLA and the COUNTESS follow her. What care I for the Swedes?
DUCHESS. I hate them as I hate the pit of hell,
O Albrecht! And under Providence I trust right soon
What hast thou done ?
And now comes this beside. And piteous groaning of my fellow Germans.
COUNTESS. Ye are but common men, but yet ye think
Forgive me, brother! It was not in my power. With minds not common; ye appear to me
They know all. Worthy before all others, that I whisper ye
DUCHESS. A little word or two in confidence!
What hast thou done? See now! already for full fifteen years
COUNTESS (to TERTSKY). The war-torch has continued burning, yet
Is there no hope? Is all lost utterly? No rest, no pause of conflict. Swede and German,
TERTSKY Papist and Lutheran! neither will give way
All lost. No hope. Prague in the Emperor's hands, To the other, every hand 's against the other.
The soldiery have ta'en their oaths anew.
Count Max. is off too?
Where can he be? He's
[THEKLA rushes out into the arms of her mother, SCENE IV.
hiding her face in her bosom. To these enter BUTLER.
DUCHESS (infolding her in her arms).
Unhappy child! and more unhappy mother!
WALLENSTEIN (aside to TERTSKY).
Quick! Let a carriage stand in readiness
In the court behind the palace. Scherfenberg
Be their attendant; he is faithful to us ; It must needs injure us with all honest men.
To Egra he'll conduct them, and we follow.
[TO ILLO, who returns.
Thou hast not brought them back ?
Hear'st thou the uproar? Of insurrection
The whole corps of the Pappenheimers is
Drawn out: the younger Piccolomini,
Their colonel, they require : for they affirm,
And if thou dost not instantly deliver him,
[AU stand amazed.
What shall we make of this?
Said I not so ? Cursed be this counsel, and accursed who gave it! [To the Cuirassiers, who are retiring. He has not betray'd me—he could not betray me.
O my prophetic heart! he is still here.
If he be
Still here, then all goes well; for I know what (Illo hurries out.
[Embracing THEKLA. This hurls us headlong. Butler! Butler!
Will keep him here for ever. You are my evil genius: wherefore must you
TERTSKY Announce it in their presence? It was all
It can't be. In a fair way. They were half won, those madmen His father has betray'd us, is gone over With their improvident over-readiness
To the Emperor--the son could not have ventured A cruel game is Fortune playing with me. To stay behind. The zeal of friends it is that razes me,
THEKLA (her eye fired on the door). And not the hate of enemies.
There he is!