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Auspicious aspect-fateful in conjunction,
At length the mighty three corradiate ;
And the two stars of blessing, Jupiter
And Venus, take between them the malignant
Slily-malicious Mars, and thus compel
Into my service that old mischief-founder:
For long he viewd me hostilely, and ever
With beam oblique, or perpendicular,
Now in the quartile, now in the secundan,
Shot his red lightnings at my stars, disturbing
Their blessed influences and sweet aspects.
Now they have conquer'd the old enemy,
And bring him in the heavens a prisoner to me.
Seni. (who has come down from the window) And in
a corner house, your Highness—think of that! That makes each influence of double strength.
Wal. And sun and moon, too, in the sextile aspect, The soft light with the veh'ment—so I love it. Sol is the heart, Luna the head of heaven. Bold be the plan, fiery the execution.
Seni. And both the mighty lumina by no
Maleficus affronted. Lo! Saturnus,
Innocuous, powerless, in cadente domo.
Wal. The empire of Saturnus is gone by:
Lord of the secret birth of things is he;
Within the lap of earth, and in the depths
Of the imagination dominates;
And his are all things that eschew the light.
The time is o'er of brooding and contrivance ;
For Jupiter, the lustrous, lordeth now,
And the dark work, complete of preparation,
He draws by force into the realm of light.
Now must we hasten on to action, ere
The scheme, and most auspicious positure
Parts o'er my head, and takes once more its flight;
For the heavens journey still, and sojourn not.
(There are knocks at the door.) There's some one knocking there. See who it is.
Ter. (from without) Open, and let me in.
What is there of such urgence? We are busy.
Ter. (from without) Lay all aside at present, I entreat
you. It suffers no delaying. Wal.
Open, Seni! (While Seni opens the door for Tertsky, Wallen
stein draws the curtain over the figures.) Ter. (enters) Hast thou already heard it? He is taken. Galas has giv'n him up to the Emperor.
[Seni draws off the black table, and exit.
Wallenstein, Count Tertsky.
Wal. (to Tertsky) Who has been taken ?-Who is
given up ?
Ter. The man who knows our secrets, who knows every
Negociation with the Swede and Saxon,
Thro' whose hands all and every thing has pass’d-
Wal. (drawing back) Nay, not Sesina ?-Say, No! I
Ter. All on his road for Regensburg to the Swede
He was plung'd down upon by Galas' agent,
Who had been long in ambush, lurking for him.
There must have been found on him my whole packet
To Thur, to Kinsky, to Oxenstirn, to Arnheim :
All this is in their hands; they have now an insight
Into the whole-our measures, and our motives.
Illo. (to Tertsky) Has he heard it ?
He has heard it.
Illo. (to Wallenstein) Think'st thou still
To make thy peace with the Emp'ror, to regain
His confidence ?—E'en were it now thy wish
To abandon all thy plans, yet still they know
What thou hast wish'd ; then forwards thou must press ;
Retreat is now no longer in thy power.
Ter. They have documents against us, and in hands, Which show beyond all power of contradiction
Wal. Of my hand-writing—no iota. Thee
I punish for thy lies.
And thou believ'st
That what this man, that what thy sister's husband,
Did in thy name, will not stand on thy reck’ning?
His word must pass for thy word with the Swede,
And not with those that hate thee at Vienna.
Ter. In writing thou gav'st nothing-But bethink thee,
How far thou venturedst by word of mouth
With this Sesina ? And will he be silent ?
If he can save himself by yielding up
Thy secret purposes, will he retain them?
Illo. Thyself dost not conceive it possible ; And since they now have evidence authentic
How far thou hast already gone, speak !- tell us,
What art thou waiting for? Thou canst no longer
Keep thy command ; and beyond hope of rescue
Thou’rt lost, if thou resign'st it.
In the army
Lies my security. The army will not
Abandon me. Whatever they may know,
The power is mine, and they must gulp it down-
And substitute I caution for my fealty;
They must be satisfied, at least appear so.
Illo. The army, Duke, is thine now-for this moment-
'Tis thine: but think with terror on the slow,
The quiet power of time. From open vi’lence
The attachment of thy soldiery secures thee
To-day-to-morrow; but grant'st thou them a respite,
Unheard, unseen, they'll undermine that love
On which thou now dost feel so firm a footing,
With wily theft will draw away from thee
One after th' other-
'Tis a cursed accident !
Illo. O I will call it a most blessed one,
If it work on thee as it ought to do,
Hurry thee on to action—to decision-
The Swedish General-
He's arriv'd !-Know'st thou
What his commission is-
To thee alone
Will he intrust the purpose of his coming.
Wal. A cursed, cursed accident !-Yes, yes,
Sesina knows too much, and won't be silent.
Ter. He's a Bohemian fugitive and rebel, His neck is forfeit. Can he save himself At thy cost, think you he will scruple it ? And if they put him to the torture, will he,
Will he, that dastardling, have strength enough-
Wal. (lost in thought) Their confidence is lost-irre:
And I may act what way I will, I shall
Be and remain for ever in their thought
A traitor to my country. How sincerely
Soever I return back to my duty,
It will no longer help me
That it will do! Not thy fidelity,
Thy weakness will be deem'd the sole occasion-
Wal. (pacing up and down with extreme agitation)
What! I must realize it now in earnest,
Because I toy'd too freely with the thought?
Accursed he who dallies with a devil!
And must I-I must realize it now-
Now, while I have the power, it must take place ?
Illo. Now-now-ere they can ward and parry it!
Wal. (looking at the paper of signatures) I have the
General's words—a written promise!
Max. Piccolomini stands not here-how's that ?
Ter. It was— he fancied-
There needed no such thing 'twixt him and you.
Wal. He is quite right-there needeth no such thing.
The regiments, too, deny to march for Flanders-
Have sent me in a paper of remonstrance,
And openly resist the imperial orders.
The first step to revolt 's already taken.
Illo. Believe me, thou wilt find it far more easy
To lead them over to the enemy
Than to the Spaniard.
I will hear, however,
What the Swede has to say to me.