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Ida. I thought too I am so already. Feel how my heart beats! Of Heaven, although I look'd on Ulric. Josephine. It does, my love; and never Josephine. Come, may it throb
Let us retire; they will be here anon With aught more bitter!
Expectant of the banquet. We will lay Ida. Never shall it do so!
Aside these nodding plumes and dragging How should it? What should make us
trains. grieve? I hate
Ida. And, above all, these stiff and To hear of sorrow: how can we be sad,
heavy jewels, Who love each other so entirely? You, Which make
my head and heart ache,as both The Count, and Ulric, and your daughter,
Beneath their glitter o'er my brow and zone. Josephine. Poor child !
Dear mother, I am with you. (Ereunt. Ida. Do you pity me? Josephine. No; I but envy,
Enter Count SIEGENDORF, in full dress, frora And that in sorrow, not in the world's sense
the solemnity, and LUDWIG. Of the universal vice, if one vice be Siegend. Is he not found? More general than another.
Ludwig. Strict search is making every Ida. I'll not hear
where; and if A word against a world which still contains The man be in Prague, be sure he will be You and my Ulric. Did you ever see
found. Aught like him? How he tower'd amongst Siegend. Where's Ulric? them all!
Ludwig. He rode round the other way How all eyes follow'd him? The flowers With some young nobles ; but he left theo fell faster
soon ; Rain’d from each lattice at his feet, me- And, if I err not, not a minute since thought,
I heard his Excellency, with his train, Than before all the rest, and where he trod Gallop o'er the West-drawbridge I dare be sworn that they grow still, nor e'er Will wither.
Enter ULRIC, splendidly dressed. Josephine. You will spoil him, little Siegend. (to Ludwig) See they cease dat flattercr,
Their quest of him I have described. If he should hear you.
(Erit Ludrrig.) Ida. But he never will.
Oh! Ulric, I dare not say so much to him-I fear him. How have I long'd for thee!
Josephine. Why 80 ? he loves you well. Ulric. Your wish is granted—
Ulric. Whom? Where? Josephine. How so?
Siegend. The Hungarian, who slew StraIda. A cloud comes o'er his blue eyes
Ulric. You dream. Yet he says nothing.
Siegend. I live! and as I live, I saw himJosephine. It is nothing: all men,
Heard him! He dared to utter even my name. Especially in these dark troublous times, Ulric. Wbat name? Have much to think of.
Siegend. Werner! 'twas mine. Ida. But I cannot think
Ulric. It must be so Of aught save him.
No more: forget it. Josephine. Yet there are other men, Siegend. Never! never! all In the world's eye, as goodly. There's, My destinies were woven in that name: for instance,
It will not be engraved upon my tomb, The young Count Waldorf, who scarce once But it may lead me there. withdrew
Ulric. To the point-the Hungarian? His eyes from yours to-day.
Siegend. Listen ! The church was Ida. I did not see him,
throng'd; the hymn was raised; But Ulric. Did you not see at the moment “Te Deum" peal'd from Nations, rather than When all knelt, and I wept? and yet me- From Choirs, in one great cry of “God be thought
praised" Through my fast tears, though they were For one day's peace, after thrice ten dread thick and warm,
years, I saw him smiling on me.
Each bloodier than the former: I arosc. Josephine. I could not
With all the nobles, and as I look'd down See aught save Heaven, to which my eyes Along the lines of lifted faces, - from were raised
Our banner'd and escutcheonid gallery. I Together with the people's.
Saw, like a flash of lightning, (for I saw
A moment, and no more) what struck me Ulric. Then wherefore scek ? sightless
Siegend. Because I cannot rest To all else - the Hungarian's face; I grew Till he is found. His fate, and StralenSick; and when I recover'd from the mist
heim's, Which curl'd about my senses, and again And ours, seem intertwisted ; nor can be Look'd down, I saw him not. The thanks- Unravella, till
giving Was over,and we march'd back in procession.
Enter an ATTENDAND. Ulric. Continue.
Attendant. A stranger, to wait on
(The Attendant introduces Gabor, Which shot along the glancing tide below,
and afterwards erit. The decorated street, the long array,
Ah ! The clashing music, and the thundering Gabor. 'Tis, then, Werner! of far artillery, which seem'd to bid Siegend. (haughtily). The same you A long and loud farewell to its great doings, knew, Sir, by that name; and you! The standards o'er me, and the tramplings Gabor (looking round). I recognise you round,
both; father and son, The roar of rushing thousands, all -- all It seems. Count, I have heard that you, could not
or yours, Chase this inan from my mind; although Have lately been in search of me: I am here. my senses
Siegend. I have sought you, and have No longer held him palpable.
found you; you are charged Ulric. You saw him
(Your own heart may inform you why) No more, then ?
with such Siegend. I look'd, as a dying soldier
A crime as
(He pauses. Looks at a draught of water, for this man; Gabor. Give it utterance, and then But still I saw him not; but in his stead - I'll meet the consequences. Ulric. What in his stead ?
Siegend. You shall do 80– Siegend. My eye for ever fell
Unless l'pon your dancing crest; the loftiest, Gabor. First, who accuses me? As on the loftiest and the loveliest head, Siegend. All things, It rose the highest of the stream of plumes, If not all men: the universal rumourWhich overflow'd the glittering streets of My own presence on the spot -- the place – Prague.
the timeUlric. What's this to the Hungarian ? And every speck of circumstance unite Siegend. Much; for I
To fix the blot on you. Had almost then forgot him in my son, Gabor. And on me only? When just as the artillery ceased and paused Pause ere you answer: Is no other name, The music, and the crowd embraced in lieu Save minc, staind in this business? Of shouting, I heard in a deep, low voice, Siegend. Trifling villain ! Dixtinct and keener far upon my car Who play'st with thine own guilt! Of all Than the late Cannon's Volume, this word
that breathe *W'erner!”
Thou best dost know the innocence of him C'lrie. Uttered by
'Gainst whom thy breath would blow thy Sicgend. Him! I turn'd - and saw-and bloody slander. fell.
But I will talk no further with a wretch, Ulric. And wherefore? Were you seen? Further than Justice asks. Answer at once, Siegend. The officious care
And without quibbling, to my charge. Of those around me dragg’d me from the Gabor. 'Tis false! spot,
Siegend. Who says so ? Seeing my faintness, ignorant of the cause; Gabor. I. Yon, too, were too remote in the procession Siegend. And how disprove it? (The old nobles being divided from their Gabor. By children)
The presence of the murderer. To aid me.
Siegend. Name him! Ulric. But I'll aid you now.
Gabor. He Siegend. In what?
May have more names than one. Your l'lric. In searching for this man, or - Lordship had so When he's found,
Once on a time. What shall we do with him?
Siegend. If you mean me, I dare Siegend. I know not that.
Gabor. You may do so, and in safety ; Gabor. I am unarmd, Count-bld your I know the assasin.
eon lay down his sabre. Sicgend. Where is he?
Ulric (offers it to him contemptuously Gabor (pointing to Ulric). Beside you! Take it.
[Ulric rushes forward to attack Gabor. No, Sir, 'tis enough
Gabor ; Sicgcndorf intcrposcs. That we are both unarm'd- I would not Siegend. Liar and fiend! but you shall
choose not be slain;
To wear a stcel which may be staind with Thcsc walls are mine, and you are safe within them.
Blood than came there in battle
(Ile turns to Ulric. Ulric (casts the sabre from him in con Ulric, repel this calumny, ils I
tempt). It-or some Will do. I avow it is a growth so monstrous, Such other weapon, in my hands spared Iconld not deem it earth-born : but,bc calm;
yours It will refute itself. But touch him not. Once, when disarı'd and at my mercy.
[Ulric endearours to compose himself. Gabor TrueGabor. Look at him, Count, and then I have not forgotten it: you spared me fue hcar me.
Your own especial purpose - to sustain Sicgend. (first to Gabor, and then looking An ignominy not my own. at Ulric) I hear thee.
Ulric. Proceed. My God! you look
The tale is doubtless worthy the relater. Ulric. How?
But is it of my father to hcar further? Siegend. As on that dread night
[To Siegenutasf When we met in the garden.
Siegend. (takes his son by the hand) Ulric (composes himsell ). It is nothing. My son! I know minc own innocence - and Gabor. Count, you are bound to hear
doubt not I came hither
Of yours - but I have promised this man Not seeking you, but sought. When I knelt patience; down
Let him continue. Amidst the people in tho church, I dream'd Gabor. I will not detain yon not
By speaking of myself much; I began To find the beggard Werner in the scat Life carly - and am what the world tras Of Senators and Princes; but you havo
At Frankfort, on the Oder, where I pass d And we have met.
A winter in obscurity, it was Siegend. Go on, Sir,
My chance at several places of resort Gabor. Ere I do so,
(Which I frequented sometimes, but not Allow mne to inquire who profited
often) By Stralenheim's death? Was't I – is poor To hear related a strange circumstance, as ever;
In February last. A martial force, And poorer by suspicion on my name. Sent by the state, had, after strong resistance The Baron lost in that last outrage neither Secured a band of desperate men, supposed Jewels nor gold; his life alone was songht - Marauders from the hostile camp. — They A life which stood between the claims of
However, not to be so – but banditti, To honours and estates, scarce less than Whom either accident or enterprise princely.
llad carried from their usual haunt- the Siegend. These hints, as vaguc as vain,
forests attach no less
Which skirt Bohemia - even into Lusatia To me than to my son.
Many amongst them were reported of Gabor. I can't help that.
High rank – and martial law slept for a time But let the consequence alight on him At last they were escorted o'er the frontiers, Who feels himself the guilty oncamongst us. And placed beneath the civil jurisdiction I speak to you, Count Siegendorf, because of the free town of Frankfort. Of their fate, I know you innocent, and deem you just. I know no more. But ere I can proceed – Dare you protect Siegend. And what is this to Ulric? me!
Gabor. Amongst them there was said Dare you command me?
to be one man (Sicgendorf first looks at the Hun- of wonderful endowments : - birth and garian, and then at Ulric, who
fortune, has unbuckled his sabre and is Youth, strength, and beauty, almost sudrawing lines with it on the floor perhuman, -- still in its sheath.
And courage as unrivalled, were proclaim'd Ulric. (looks at his father and says) His by the public rumour; and his sway Let the man go on!
Not only over his associates but
Ilie Judges, was attributed to witchcraft. Gabor. Still you owo me something, Such was his influence :- I have no great | Though not for that, and I owed you my faith
safety, In any Magic savo that of the Mino-- At least my seeming safety--when the slavce I therefore deem'd him wealthy.—But my Of Stralenheim pursued me on the grounds soul
That I had roblı'd him. Was roused with various feelings to seek out Siegend. I conceal'd you-1, This Prodigy, if only to behold him. Whom, and whose house, you arraign, Siegend. And did you so?
reviving viper ! Gabor. You'll hear. Chance favour'd me: Gabor. I accuse no man-save in my A popular affray in the public square
defence. Drew crowds together-it was one of those You, Count! have made yourself accuserOccasions, where men's souls look out of judgethein,
Your hall's my court, your heart is my And show them as they are—even in their
Be just, and I'll be merciful. The moment my eye met his-I exclaim'd Siegend. You merciful! “This is the man!” though he was then, You! Base calumniator! as since,
Gabor. 1. Twill rest With the nobles of the city. I felt sure With me at last to be so. You conceal'd moI had not err'd, and watch'd him long and In secret passages known to yourself, nearly:
You said, and to none else. At dead of night, I noted down his form-his gesture-fea- Weary with watching in the dark, and tures,
dubious Stature and bearing-and amidst them all, of tracing back my way--I saw a glimmer Midst every natural and acquired dis- Through distant crannies of a twinkling tinction,
light. I could discern, methought, the assassin's eye I follow'd it, and reach'd a door--a secret And gladiator's heart.
Portal which opend to the chamber, whero, Ulric (smiling). The tale sounds well. With cautious hand and slow, having first Gabor. And may sound better. He
undono appear’d to me
As much as mado a crevice of the fastening, One of those beings to whom Fortune bends I look'd through, and beheld a purple bed, As she doth to the Daring-and on whom And on it Stralenheim! The Fates of others oft depend; besides, Sicgend. Asleep! And yet An indescribable sensation drew me You slew him-Wretch ! Near to this man, as is my Point of Fortune Gabor. He was already slain, Was to be fixed by him. -- There I was wrong. And bleeding like a sacrifice. My own Siegend. And may not be right now.
Blood became ice. Gabor. I follow'd him,
Sicgend. But he was all alone! Solicited his notice - and obtain'd it- You saw none clse? You did not see theThough not his friendship:-- it was his
[lle pauscs from agitation. intention
Gabor. No, To leave the city privately, we left it He, whom you daro not name—nor even 1 Together—and together we arrived Scarce dare to recollect- was not then in In the poor town whero Werner was con- The chamber. ceal’d,
Siegend. (to Ulric) Then, my boy! thou And Stralenheim was succour'd Now we art guiltless still —
Thou bad'st une say I was so once-Oh! now Tho verge(_darc
Do thou as much !
Gabor. Be patient! I can not Or I have heard too much.
Recede now, though it shake the very walls Gabor. I saw in you
Which frown above us. You remember, or A man above his station, and if not If not, your son does, - that the locks were as now I find you, in my then
changed Conceptions—'twas that I had rarely scen Beneath his chief inspection-on the morn Men such as you appear’d in height of mind, which led to this samne night: how he had In the most high of worldly rank; you were
enter'd, Poor-even to all save rags- I would have le best known-but within an antechamber, shared
The door of which was balf ajar-I saw My purse, though slender, with you- you A man who wash'd his bloody hands, and oft refused it.
With stern and anxious glance gazed back Siegend. Doth my refusal make a debt
The bleeding body--but it inoved jo more That thus you urge it?
Siegend. On! God of Fathers!
Gabor. I beheld his featurca
With you; you are wealtlıy, noble,trusted by As I see yours- but yours they were not. The Imperial powers-You understand me? thong
Siegend. Yes.Resembling them—behold them in Count Gabor. Not quite. You think we venal, Ulric's!
and scarce true: Distinct - as I beheld them, though the Tis no less true, however, that my fortunes expression
Have made me both at present; you shall Is not now what it then was ; -- but it was so When I first charged him with the crimes – I would have aided you - and also have so lately.
Been somewhat damaged in my name to save Siegend. This is so-
Yours and your son's. Weigh well what I Gabor (interrupting him). Nay - but
have said. hear me to the end !
Siegend. Dare you await the event of a Now you must do 80.-I conceived myself
few minutes' Betray'd by you and him (for now I saw Deliberation ? There was some tie between you) into this Gabor (casts his eyes on Ulric, who is Pretended den of refuge, to become
leaning against a pillar). The victim of your guilt; and my first
if I should do so? thought
Siegend. I pledge my life for yours. Was vengeance: but though arm'd with a
Withdraw into short poignard
(Opens a turret-door (Having left my sword without) I was no Gabor (hesitatingly). This is the second match
safe asylum For him at any time, as had been proved You have offer'd me. That morning - either in address or force. Siegend. And was not the first so? I tarn'd, and fled -- i' the dark: Chance, Gabor. I know not that even now-bat
rather than Skill, made me gain the secret door of The second. I have still a further shield.the hall,
I did not enter Prague alone - and should I And thence the chamber where you slept— Be put to rest with Stralenheim - there are if I
Some tongues without will wag in my behalf. Hlad found you waking, Heaven alone can Be brief in your decision ! tell
Siegend. I will be so.What Vengeance and Suspicion might have My word is sacred and irrevocable prompted ;
Within these walls, but it extends no further But ne'er slept Guilt as Werner slept that Gabor. I'll take it for so much. night.
Siegend. (points to Ulric's sabre, still Siegend. And yet I had horrid dreams! upon the ground). and such brief sleep
Take also that
Gabor (takes up the sabre). I will; and And now my dream is out!
80 provide Gabor. T'is not my fault,
To sell my life--not cheaply. If I have read it. - Well! I fled and hid me
[Gabor gocs into the turret, erkick Chance led me here after so many moons
Siegenulorf closcs. And show'd me Werner in Count Siegendorf! Siegend. (advances to Ulric) Now, Count Werner, whom I had sought in huts in vain,
Ulric! Inhabited the palace of a Sovereign ! For son I dare not call thee- What sayat You sought me, and have found me--now
Ulric. His tale is true. My secret, and may weigh its worth. Siegend. True, monster! Siegend. (after a pause) Indeed !
Ulric. Most true, father ; Gabor. Is it Revenge or Justice which And you did well to listen to it: what inspires
We know, we can provide against. He must Your meditation ?
Be silenced. Siegend. Neither-I was weighing Sicgend. Ay, with half of my domains The value of your secret.
And with the other half, could he and thou Gabor. You shall know it
Unsay this villany. At onco - when you were poor, and I, though Ulric. It is no time poor,
For trisling or dissembling. I have said Rich enough to relieve such poverty His story's true; and he too must be silenced, As might have envied nine, I offer'd you Sicgend. How so? My purse--- you would not share it :-'I'II Ulric. As Stralenheim is. Are you so dull be franker
As never to have hit on this before ?