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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,
She soon resigns herself, and bears it calmly.
O my foreboding bosom! Even now,
E'en now 't is here, that icy hand of horror!
And my young hope lies shuddering in its grasp;
I knew it well-no sooner had I enter'd,
A heavy ominous presentiment
Reveal'd to me, that spirits of death were hovering Already link'd to him?
Over my happy fortune. But why think I
First of myself? My mother! O my mother!
Calm yourself! Break not out in vain lamenting!
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.
Prove good! What good! Not more than duty Must we not part ?-part ne'er to meet again ? And honor may demand of him.
He parts not from you! He can not part from you
His heart asunder.
If indeed he loves you, Should be the sole definer of his honor.
His resolution will be speedily taken.
His resolution will be speedily taken-
O do not doubt of that! A resolution!
Does there remain one to be taken?
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.
How shall I bear to see her?
. THEKLA. He'll spend with gladness and alacrity His life, his heart's-blood in my father's cause,
To them enter the DUCHESS.
DUCHESS (to the COUNTESS).
COUNTESS. With the whole soldiery
Nay! There was no one.
I am grown so timorous, every trifling noise
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 ?
No, he has not.
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.
Nay, but bethink you.
Believe me, I cannot sustain his presence.
But he will miss you, will ask after you.
What now? Why is she going?
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.
O let us supplicate him, dearest mother!
WALLENSTEIN, Illo, Countess, DUCHESS, THEKLA. Some new affrightful monster.
All quiet in the camp?
It is all quiet.
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
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.
I find we must not give implicit credence
Of does the lying Spirit counterfeit
The voice of Truth and inward Revelation,
Scattering false oracles. And thus have I
To entreat forgiveness, for that secretly
I've wrong'd this honorable gallant man,
This Butler : for a feeling, of the which
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
And doubt not
That is he, sister!
That his example will win over to you
Has now betray'd it, I too must no longer The best men in the army.
She loves him!
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.
To have attended her.
And does he know it? For there is a good spirit on thy lips.
Yes, and he hopes to win her.
Hopes to win her! Will drive away from me the evil demon
Is the boy mad?
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!
Ay? the thought pleases me.
Since Trembling? come, collect thyself. Go, cheer
Such and such constant favor you have shown him. Thy father.
He chooses finally to be my heir.
And true it is, I love the youth ; yea, honor him.
But must he therefore be my daughter's husband ! How, what is that, niece?
Is it daughters only? Is it only children
That we must show our favor by?
DUCHESS. Of the o'erburthen'd soul—to sing to him,
His noble disposition and his mannersWho is thrusting, even now, my mother headlong
Win him my heart, but not my daughter.
Then What! shall thy father have express'd a wish
His rank, his ancestors-
I will seek out upon the thrones of Europe.
Lest we should fall too low.
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,
Only to close the mighty part I play
In Life's great drama, with a common kinsman
Have I for this
[Stops suddenly, repressing himself Say, is she often so ?
She is the only thing
That will remain behind of me on earth;
Or die in the attempt to place it there.
To them enter CounT TERTSKY.
[He recollects himself. And I must now, like a soft-hearted father,
What ails him? What an image of affright!
TERTSKY (leading WALLENSTEIN aside).
Is it thy command that all the Croats-
We are betray'd.
They are off! This night
The Jägers likewise—all the villages Cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
In the whole round are empty.
Him thou hast sent away. Yes, surely.
No! Hast thou not sent him off? Nor Deodate?
They are vanish'd both of them.
To them enter ILLO.
Has Tertsky told thee?
He knows all.
Kolatto, Palfi, have forsaken thee.
WALLENSTEIN (winks at them).
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).
Nothing! let us be gone!
TERTSKY ( following him).
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.
An Aid-de-Camp inquires for the Count Tertsky. The Emperor's enemies are mine no longer.
(TERTSKY follows the PAGE.
This could not have happen'd Deposed from the command ? o God in Heaven!
So unsuspected without mutiny.
Who was on guard at the gates ?
ILLO. Support the real truth.
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,
That fox, Octavio, pass the gates of Pilsen.
Thou gavest him thy own horses to flee from thee.
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.
It was but yesterday I rescued him
I never reckon'd yet on gratitude.
And wherein doth he wrong in going from me!
He follows still the god whom all his life
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,
As the free bird from the hospitable twig
Where it had nested, he flies off from me:
No human tie is snapp'd betwixt us two.
Yea, he deserves to find himself deceived
Who seeks a heart in the unthinking man.
Like shadows on a stream, the forms of life
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.
Yet, would I rather
WALLENSTEIN, TERTSKY, ILLO.
ILLO (who enters agitated with Tage).
Treason and mutiny!
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.
What followed ?
They refused obedience to them
No other, WALLENSTEIN.
They said, had right to issue orders but But whence arose this larum in the camp? Lieutenant-General Piccolomini.