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Here is no splendour but of arms. Or think'st thou
Thek. Such ever was my lesson in the convent.
Coun. That is thy fate. Mould thou thy wishes to it. I and thy mother gave thee the example.
Thek. My fate hath shown me him, to whom behoves it That I should offer up myself. In gladness Him will I follow. Coun.
Not thy fate hath shown him !
Thek. Fate hath no voice but the heart's impulses.
A right to his own creature. What was I
Coun. Thou would'st oppose thy father then, should he Have otherwise determin'd with thy person ?
(Thekla remains silent. The Countess continues.)
My name too is Friedland.
Coun. What? he has vanquish'd all impediment,
[Exit Countess. Thek. (who during the last speech had been standing
evidently lost in her reflections.)
This is no theatre, where hope abides.
(Music from the banquet room is heard.)
(The music from the banquet room becomes louder.) O when a house is doom'd in fire to perish, Many and dark heaven drives his clouds together, Yea, shoots his lightnings down from sunny heights, Flames burst from out the subterraneous chasms, * And fiends and angels, mingling in their fury, Fling fire-brands at the burning edifice. [Exit Thekla.
* There are few, who will not have taste enough to laugh at the two concluding lines of this soliloquy; and still fewer, I would fain hope, who would not have been more disposed to shudder, had I given a faithful translation. For the readers of German I have added the original':
Blind-wüthend schleudert selbst der Gott der Freude
A large saloon lighted up with festal splendour ; in the midst of it, and in the centre of the stage, a table richly set out, at which eight generals are sitting, among whom are Octavio Piccolomini, Tertsky, and Maradas. Right and left of this, but further back, two other tables, at each of which six persons are placed. The middle door, which is standing open, gives to the prospect a fourth table, with the same number of persons. More forward stands the sideboard. The whole front of the stage is kept open for the pages and servants in waiting. All is in motion. The band of music belonging to Tertsky's regiment march across the stage, and draw up round the tables. Before they are quite off from the front of the stage, Max. Piccolomini appears ; Tertsky advances towards him with a paper, Isolani comes up to meet him with a beaker or service-cup.
Tertsky, Isolani, Max. Piccolomini.
Iso. Here brother, what we love! Why, where hast
been ? Off, to thy place-quick! Tertsky here has given The mother's holiday wine up to free booty. Here it goes on as at the Heideberg castle. Already hast thou lost the best. They're giving At yonder table ducal crowns in shares; There's Sternberg's lands and chattels are put up, With Eggenberg's, Stawata's, Lichtenstein's, And all the great Bohemian feodalities. Be nimble, lad ! and something may turn up For thee-who knows? Off-to thy place! quick ! march!
Tief. and Goetz (call out from the second and third
Max. (reads,) “Ingratis servire nefas.".
Iso. That sounds to my ears very much like Latin, And being interpreted, pray what may't mean?
Ter, No honest man will serve a thankless master.
Max. “Inasmuch as our supreme commander, the illustrious Duke of Friedland, in consequence of the manifold affronts and grievances which he has received, had expressed his determination to quit the Emperor, but on our unanimous entreaty has graciously consented to remain still with the army, and not to part from us without our approbation thereof, so we, collectively and each in particular, in the stead of an oath personally taken, do hereby oblige ourselves-likewise by him honourably and faithfully to hold, and in no wise whatsoever from him to part, and to be ready to shed for his interests the last drop of our blood, so far, namely, as our oath to the Emperor will permit it. (These last words are repeated by Isolani.) In testimony of which we subscribe our names."
Ter. Now !-are you willing to subscribe this paper ?
Iso. Why should he not? All officers of honour
Ter. Nay, let it rest till after meal.
(Both seat themselves at their table.)