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Sent them that instant to Vienna, and
Oct. This is, indeed, a tiding!
Cor. I think, six packets, with Count Tertsky's arms,
Not that I know.
He was sorely frighten'd,
Oct. Is Altringer then with your lord? I heard
These three days past
Oct. In a few days may great events take place.
I wait your orders.
(Cornet signifies his assent and obeisance; and is
No one saw you-ha ?
Oct. Go, rest your limbs, and keep yourself conceal'd,
That even now is dawning in the heaven,
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,)
Where now?-Remain here.
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
Oct. Thou wilt ?
I will, as sure as this heart beats.
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,
(During his excit the curtain drops.)
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.]
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.)