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O that an angel would descend from Heaven,
Nobly and worthy of thee—but repentance
There is heard from behind the scene a loud,
wild, long continued cry, Vivar Fennis Annus,
accompanied by warlike Instruments. Max.
and Thekla remain without motion in each
- other's embraces.
wallenstein. o The Governor at Egra is your friend And countryman. Write to him instantly By a post courier. He must be advised, That we are with him early on the morrow. You follow us yourself, your regiment with you. but LEa. It shall be done, my General wallenstein (steps between Max. and Therla, who have remained during this time in each other's arms). Part! - MAX. - O God! [Cuirassiers enter with drawn swords, and assemble in the back-ground. At the same time there are heard from below some spirited passages out of the Pappenheim March, which seem to address Max. walless reis (to the Cuirassiers). Here he is, he is at liberty: I keep him No longer. [He turns away, and stands so that Max. cannot pass by him nor approach the Paiscess. MAx. Thou know'st that I have not yet learnt to live Without thee! I go forth into a desert, Leaving my all behind me. O do not turn Thine eyes away from me! 0 once more show me Thy ever dear and honour’d countenance. [Max. attempts to take his hand, but is repelled; he turns to the Count Ess. Is there no eye that has a look of pity for me? “ [The Countess turns away from him; he turns to the Duchess. My mother! Duchess. Go where duty calls you. Haply The time may come, when you may prove to us A true friend, a good angel at the throne Of the Emperor.
* MAx. You give me hope; you would not Suffer me wholly to despair. No! no! Mine is a certain misery—Thanks to heaven That offers me a means of ending it. [The military music begins again. more and more with armed men. Butler and addresses him. And you here, Colonel Butler—and will you Not follow me? Well, then! remain more faithful To your new lord, than you have proved yourself To the Emperor. Come, Butler! promise me, Give me your hand upon it, that you'll be The guardian of his life, its shield, its watchman. Ilc is attainted, and his princely head Fair booty for each slave that trades in murder. Now he doth need the faithful eye of friendship, And those whom here I see— [Casting suspicious looks on Illo and Butler. ILLo. Go–seek for traitors In Galas', in your father's quarters. Here Is only one. Away! away ! and free us From his detested sight! Away! [Max, attempts once more to approach Therla. WAllensteix prevents him. Max. stands ir
The stage fills MAx. sees
resolute, and in apparent anguish. In the mean time the stage fills more and more; and the horns sound from below louder and louder, and each time after a shorter interval. MAx. Blow, blow! 0 were it but the Swedish Trumpets, And all the naked swords, which I see here, Were plunged into my breast! What purpose you? You come to tear me from this place! Beware, Ye drive me not to desperation.—Do it not : Ye may repent it! [The stage is entirely filled with armed men. Yet more! weight upon weight to drag me down! Think what ye're doing. It is not well done To chuse a man despairing for your leader; You tear me from my happiness. Well, then, I dedicate your souls to vengeance. Mark For your own ruin you have chosen me: Who goes with me, must be prepared to perish. [He turns to the back-ground, there ensues a sudden • and violent movement among the Cuirassiers; they surround him, and carry him off in wild tumult. WALLENsteix remains immonable. Thekla sinks into her mother's arms. The curtain falls. The music becomes loud and overpowering, and passes into a complete war-march—the orchestra joins it—and continues during the interval between the second and third Act.
The Duke himself, my scruples recommenced.
| But was it where he fell two story high
Gottiyon. | And all then have deserted him, you say? | He has built up the luck of many thousands; For kingly was his spirit: his full hand Was ever open! Many a one from dust [With a sly glance on Butleh. Hath he selected, from the very dust Hath raised him into dignity and honour. And yet no friend, not one friend hath he purchased, Whose heart beats true to him in the evil hour. But Left. | Here 's one, I see. Goładox. - I have enjoy'd from him No grace or favour. I could almost doubt, If ever in his greatness he once thought on An old friend of his youth. For still my office Kept me at distance from him; and when first He to this citadel appointed me, He was sincere and serious in his duty. I do not then abuse his confidence, If I preserve my fealty in that Which to my fealty was first deliver'd. but LEa. Say, then, will you fulfil the attainder on him? Gondos (pauses reflecting—then as in deep dejection). If it be so—if all be as you say— If he've betray'd the Emperor, his master, Have sold the troops, have purposed to deliver The strong-holds of the country to the enemy— Yea, truly —there is no redemption for him : Yet it is hard, that me the lot should destine To be the instrument of his perdition; For we were pages at the court of Bergau At the same period; but I was the senior. But LEa.
I have heard so——
A youth who scarce had seen his twentieth year
From a window-ledge, on which he had fallen asleep;
Doubtless more self-enwrapt and melancholy;
Ile ran along the unsteady rope of life.
but LErt. No more, he comes.
To these enter WALLENstEix, in conversation with the Bungomaster of Egra.
wall, ENSrei N. You were at one time a free town. I see, Ye bear the half eagle in your city arms. Why the half eagle only 1 Bungom Asten. We were free, But for these last two hundred years has Egra Remain'd in pledge to the Bohemian crown; Therefore we bear the half eagle, the other half Being cancell'd till the empire ransom us, If ever that should be. wall exstrix. Ye merit freedom. Only be firm and dauntless. Lend your ears To no designing whispering court-minions. What may your imposts he? Burgom Astroit. So heavy that We totter under them. The garrison Lives at our costs. walleNst Ern. I will relieve you. Tell me, There are some Protestants among you still? [The bungo MASTER hesitates. Yes, yes; I know it. Many lie conceal’d Within these walls–Confess now—you yourself— [Fixes his eye on him. The Burgomasten alarmed. Be not alarin'd. I hate the Jesuits. Could my will have determined it, they had Been long ago expell'd the empire. Trust me— Mass-book or bible—"t is all one to me. Of that the world has had sufficient proof. I built a church for the reform'd in Glogau At my own instance. Harkye, Burgomaster! What is your name? BU ago MAster. Pachhalbel, may it please you. wall exstein. Harkye –– Butlet it go no further, what I now Disclose to you in confidence. [Laying his hand on the Bungom Asrea's shoulder with a certain solemnity. The times Draw near to their fulfilment, Burgomaster! The high will fall, the low will be exalted. Harkye! But keep it to yourself! The end Approaches of the Spanish double monarchy— A new arrangement is at hand. You saw The three moons that appear'd at once in the Heaven.
bungow. Aster. With wonder and affright! wAllenstein. Whereof did two Strangely transform themselves to bloody daggers, And only one, the middle moon, remain'd Steady and clear. buttgown Aster. We applied it to the Turks. wAi, Lewis TriN. The Turks! That all —I tell you, that two empires Will set in blood, in the East and in the West, And Luth ranism alone remain. [Observing Gondon and Burlem. I' faith, 'Twas a smart cannonading that we heard This evening, as we journey'd hitherward; 'Twas on our left hand. Did you hear it here?
Goft Don. Distinctly. The wind brought it from the South. BUT LEtt. It seem'd to come from Weiden or from Neustadt. wall.E.N.St.E. ix.
T is likely. That's the route the Swedes are taking.
SC E N E I W. To these enter Count Tearsky.
Teatsky. Joy, General; joy! I bring you welcome tidings. wa LLENst Ein. And what may they be! teritsky. There has been an engagement At Neustadt; the Swedes gain'd the victory. w A Llexister N. From whence did you receive the intelligence?
tentsky. A countryman from Tirschenseil convey'd it. Soon after sunrise did the fight begin! A troop of the Imperialists from Fachau Had forced their way into the Swedish camp; The cannonade continued full two hours; There were left dead upon the field a thousand Imperialists, together with their Colonel; Further than this he did not know. WALLenstein. How came Imperial troops at Neustadt. Altringer, But yesterday, stood sixty miles from there. Count Galas force collects at Frauenberg, And have not the full complement. Is it possible, That Suys perchance had ventured so far onward? It cannot be. Teatsky.
We shall soon know the whole,
For here comes Illo, full of haste, and joyous.
SCEN E V. To these enter Illo.
illo (to WAllenstein). A courier, Duke! he wishes to speak with thee. tentsky (eagerly). Does he bring confirmation of the victory? walless reis (at the same time). What does he bring Whence comes he? illo. From the Rhine-Grave. And what he brings I can announce to you Beforehand. Seven leagues distant are the Swedes; At Neustadt did Max. Piccolomini Throw himself on them with the cavalry; A murderous fight took place! o'erpower'd by numbers The Pappenheimers all, with Max, their leader, [WAllensteix shudders and turns pale. Were left dead on the field. wallensreis (after a pause in a low voice). Where is the messenger? Conduct me to him. [WAlless rein is going, when Lady Neubau NN rushes into the room. Some servants follow her and run across the stage. Neubaut NN. Help! Help! illo and tentsky (at the same time). What now? NEuhr UNN. The Princes! walleNSTEIN and TERTsKY. Does she know it? Neubrunn (at the same time with them). She is dying! [Hurries off the stage, when Waltexstein and Tehrsky follow her.
SCENE WI. Butler, and Gohoon.
Gondon. What's this? birtlett. She has lost the man she loved— Young Piccolomini who fell in the battle.
Is here instead of judgment.
GoRDon. Unfortunate Lady! BUtLeR. You have heard what Illo Reporteth, that the Swedes are conquerors, And marching hitherward. Gondo N. Too well I heard it. Butlett. They are twelve regiments strong, and there are five Close by us to protect the Duke. We have Only my single regiment; and the garrison Is not two hundred strong. GoRDon. T is even so. Butlett. It is not possible with such small force To hold in custody a man like him. Gofado N. I grant it. butler. Soon the numbers would disarm us, And liberate him. Goanon. It were to be fear'd. Butler (after a pause). Know, I am warranty for the event; with my head have I pledged myself for his, Must make my word good, cost it what it will, And if alive we cannot hold him prisoner, Why—death makes all things certain' Gotal) ow. * Butler What? Do I understand you? Gracious God! I'ou could
isutler. He must not live.
And you can do the deed!
buTLeR. Either you or I. This morning was his last.
GoRD0N. You would assassinate him.
"- T is my purpose.
Your General The sacred person of your General! - butler.
My General he has been.
That “t is only An - has been - washes out no villany. And without judgment pass'd? Butleh. The execution
Gott do N. This were murder, Not justice. The most guilty should be heard. but Leit. His guilt is clear, the Emperor has pass'd judgment, And we but execute his will.