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Sent them that instant to Vienna, and
The prisoner with them.

Oct. This is, indeed, a tiding!
That fellow is a precious casket to us,
Enclosing weighty things. Was much found on him ?

Cor. I think, six packets, with Count Tertsky's arms,
Oct. None in the Duke's own hand ?
Cor.

Not that I know.
Oct. And old Sesina ?
Cor.

He was sorely frighten'd,
When it was told him he must to Vienna.
But the Count Altringer bade him take heart,
Would he but make a full and free confession.

Oct. Is Altringer then with your lord? I heard
That he lay sick at Linz.
Cor.

These three days past
He's with my master, the Lieutenant-general,
At Frauemburg. Already have they sixty
Small companies together, chosen men :
Respectfully they greet you with assurances,
That they are only waiting your commands.

Oct. In a few days may great events take place.
And when must you return ?
Cor.

I wait your orders.
Oct. Remain till evening.

(Cornet signifies his assent and obeisance; and is

going.) Oct.

No one saw you-ha ?
Cor. No living creature. Thro' the cloister wicket
The Capuchins, as usual, let me in.

Oct. Go, rest your limbs, and keep yourself conceal'd,
I hold it probable, that yet ere evening
I shall despatch you. The development
Of this affair approaches : ere the day,

That even now is dawning in the heaven,
Ere this eventful day hath set, the lot
That must decide our fortunes will be drawn.

[Exit Cornet.

SCENE III.

Octavio and Max. Piccolomini.

Oct. Well—and what now, son ? All will soon be

clear; For all, I'm certain, went thro' that Sesina. Max. (who through the whole of the foregoing scene

has been in a violent and visible struggle of

feelings, at length starts as one resolved,)
I will procure me light a shorter way.
Farewell.
Oct.

Where now?-Remain here.
Max.

To the Duke. Oct. (alarmed,) WhatMax. (returning,) If thou hast believ'd that I shall act A part in this thy playThou hast miscalculated on me grievously. My way must be straight on. True with the tongue, False with the heart-I may not, cannot be : Nor can I suffer that a man should trust meAs his friend trust me—and then lull my conscience With such low pleas as these :-" I ask'd him notHe did it all at his own hazard-and My mouth has never lied to him.”—No, no ! What a friend takes me for, that I must be. -I'll to the Duke; ere yet this day is ended

Will I demand of him that he do save
His good name from the world, and with one stride
Break through and rend this fine-spun web of your's.
He can, he will !--I still am his believer.
Yet I'll not pledge myself, but that those letters
May furnish you, perchance, with proofs against him.
How far may not this Tertsky have proceeded-
What may not he himself, too, have permitted
Himself to do, to snare the enemy,
The laws of war excusing ? Nothing, save
His own mouth shall convict him-nothing less !
And face to face will I go question him.

Oct. Thou wilt ?
Max.

I will, as sure as this heart beats.
Oct. I have, indeed, miscalculated on thee.
I calculated on a prudent son,
Who would have blest the hand beneficent
That pluck'd him back from the abyss-and lo!
A fascinated being I discover,
Whom his two eyes befool, whom passion wilders,
Whom not the broadest light of noon can heal.
Go, question him !-Be mad enough, I pray thee.
The purpose of thy father, of thy Emperor,
Go, give it up free booty !-Force me, drive me
To an open breach before the time. And now,
Now that a miracle of heaven had guarded
My secret purpose even to this hour,
And laid to sleep Suspicion's piercing eyes,
Let me have liv'd to see that mine own son,
With frantic enterprise, annihilates
My toilsome labours and state-policy.

Max, Aye—this state-policy! O how I curse it ! You will some time, with your state-policy, Compel him to the measure : it may happen,

Because ye are determin'd that he is guilty,
Guilty ye'll make him. All retreat cut off,
You close up every outlet, hem him in
Narrower and narrower, till at length ye force him
Yes, ye,-ye force, him, in his desperation,
To set fire to his prison.-Father ! father!
That never can end well—it cannot-will not !
And let it be decided as it may,
I see with boding heart the near approach
Of an ill-starr’d, unblest catastrophe.
For this great Monarch-spirit, if he fall,
Will drag a world into the ruin with him.
And as a ship, that midway on the ocean
Takes fire, at once, and with a thunder-burst
Explodes, and with itself shoots out its crew
In smoke and ruin betwixt sea and heaven ;
So will he, falling, draw down in his fall
All us, who're fix'd and mortic'd to his fortune.
Deern of it what thou wilt; but pardon me,
That I must bear me on in my own way.
All must remain pure betwixt him and me;
And, ere the day-light dawns, it must be known
Which I must lose-my father, or my friend.

(During his excit the curtain drops.)

ACT IV.

Scenema room fitted up for astrological labours, and pro

vided with celestial charts, with globes, telescopes, quadrants, and other mathematical instruments.-Seven colossal figures, representing the planets, each with a transparent star of a different colour on its head, stand in a semi-circle in the back-ground, so that Mars and Saturn are nearest the eye.-The remainder of the scene, and its disposition, is given in the fourth scene of the second act.There must be a curtain over the figures,

which may be dropped, and conceal them on occasions. [In the fifth scene of this act it must be dropped ; but, in

the seventh scene, it must be again drawn up wholly or in part.]

Scene I.

Wallenstein at a black table, on which a speculum astro

logicum is described with chalk. Seni is taking observations through a window.

Wal. All well—and now let it be ended, Seni.—Come, The dawn commences, and Mars rules the hour. We must give o'er the operation. Come, We know enough. Seni.

Your Highness must permit me Just to contemplate Venus. She's now rising : Like as a sun, so shines she in the east.

Wal. She is at present in her perigee, And shoots down now her strongest influences. (Contemplating the figure on the table.)

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