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And does he know it ?
Coun. Yes, and he hopes to win her.

Hopes to win her!
Is the boy mad?

Well-hear it from themselves. Wal. He thinks to carry off Duke Friedland's

daughter !
Ay?--The thought pleases me.
The young man has no grovelling spirit.

Such and such constant favour you have shown him.

Wal. He chooses finally to be my heir.
And true it is, I love the youth; yea, honour him.
But must he, therefore, be my daughter's husband ?
Is it daughters only? Is it only children
That we must show our favour by ?

Duch. His noble disposition and his manners-
Wal. Win him my heart, but not my daughter.

His rank, his ancestors

Ancestors! What?
He is a subject; and my son-in-law
I will seek out upon the thrones of Europe.

Duch. O dearest Albrecht! Climb we not too high,
Lest we should fall too low.

What? have I paid
A price so heavy to ascend this eminence,
And jut out high above the common herd,
Only to close the mighty part I play
In life's great drama, with a common kinsman ?
Have I for this

(stops suddenly, repressing himself.)

She is the only thing That will remain behind of me on earth;

And I will see a crown around her head,
Or die in the attempt to place it there
I hazard all-all! and for this alone,
To lift her into greatness-
Yea, in this moment, in the which we are speaking-

(he recollects himself.)
And I must now, like a soft-hearted father,
Couple together in good peasant fashion
The pair, that chance to suit each other's liking-
And I must do it now, even now, when I
Am stretching out the wreath, that is to twine
My full accomplish'd work—no! she is the jewel,
Which I have treasur'd long, my last, my noblest,
And 'tis my purpose not to let her from me
For less than a king's sceptre.

O my husband !
You're ever building, building to the clouds,
Still building higher, and still higher building,
And ne'er reflect, that the poor narrow basis
Cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
Wal. (to the Countess) Have you announc'd the place

of residence Which I have destin'd for her ? Coun.

No! not yet.
'Twere better, you yourself disclos'd it to her.

Duch. How? Do we not return to Kärn then?

Duch. And to no other of your lands or seats ?
Wal. You would not be secure there.

Not secure
In the Emperor's realms, beneath the Emperor's
Protection ?

Wal. Friedland's wife may be permitted
No longer to hope that.


O God in heaven!
And have you brought it even to this?

In Holland
You'll find protection.

In a Lutheran country?
What? And you send us into Lutheran countries ?

Wal. Duke Franz, of Lauenburg, conducts you thither.

Duch. Duke Franz of Lauenberg ? The ally of Sweden, the Emperor's enemy. Wal. The Emperor's enemies are mine no longer. Duch. (casting a look of terror on the Duke and the

Countess.) Is it then true? It is. You are degraded ? Depos'd from the command ? O God in heaven! Coun. (aside to the Duke) Leave her in this belief.

Thou seest she cannot Support the real truth.

Scene V.

To them enter Count Tertsky. Coun.

-Tertsky! What ails him? What an image of affright! He looks as he had seen a ghost. Ter. (leading Wallenstein aside) Is it thy command

that all the CroatsWal.

Ter. We are betray'd.

· What ?

They are off! This night
The Jägers likewise-all the villages
In the whole round are empty.



Isolani ? Ter. Him thou hast sent away. Yes, surely. Wal.

I? Ter. No! Hast thou not sent him off? Nor Deodate ? They are vanish'd both of them.

Scene VI.

To them enter Illo.

Illo. Has Tertsky told thee?

He knows all.

And likewise
That Esterhatzy, Goetz, Maradas, Kaunitz,
Kolatto, Palfi, have forsaken thee.

Ter. Damnation !
Wal. (winks to them) Hush!
Coun. (who has been watching them anxiously from the

distance, and now advances to them) Tertsky! Heaven! What is it? What has happened Wal. (scarcely suppressing his emotions) Nothing! Let

us be gone! Ter. (following him) Theresa, it is nothing. Coun. (holding him back) Nothing? Do I not see,

that all the life blood Has left your cheeks-look you not like a ghost ? That even my brother but affects a calmness? Page (enters) An Aid-de-camp inquires for the Count


(Tertsky follows the Page.) Wal. Go, hear his business.

(to Illo)
This could not have happened

So unsuspected without mutiny.
Who was on guard at the gates ?

'Twas Tiefenbach. Wal. Let Tiefenbach leave guard without delay, And Tertsky's grenadiers relieve him.

(Illo is going)

Hast thou heard aught of Butler ?
Illo. .

Him I met.
He will be here himself immediately.
Butler remains unshaken.

[Illo exit. Wallenstein is following him. Coun. Let him not leave thee, sister! go, detain him ! There's some misfortune.

Duch. (clinging to him) Gracious heaven! What is it?

Wal. Be tranquil ! leave me, sister ! dearest wife !
We are in camp, and this is nought unusual ;
Here storm and sunshine follow one another
With rapid interchanges. These fierce spirits
Champ the curb angrily, and never yet
Did quiet bless the temples of the leader.
If I am to stay, go you. The plaints of women
Ill suit the scene where men must act.

(He is going. Tertsky returns.)
Ter. Remain here. From this window must we see it.
Wal. (to the Countess) Sister, retire !

No-never. Wal.

'Tis my will. Ter. (leads the Countess aside, and drawing her atten

tion to the Duchess.) Theresa !

Duch. Sister, come ! since he commands it.

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