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Aside these nodding plumes and dragging trains.
And, above all, these stiff and heavy jewels,
Which make my head and heart ache, as both throb
Bencath their glitter o'er my brow and zone.
[Ereure And that in sorrow, not in the world's sense Of the universal vice, if one vice be
Enter Count SIEGENDORF in full dress, from the More general than another.
solemnity, and LUDWIG.
Is he not found ?
LUDWIG You and my Ulric. Did you ever see
Strict search is making every where; and if
He rode round the other way, Will wither.
With some young nobles; but he left them soon;
And, if I err not, not a minute since
I heard his excellency, with his train,
Gallop o'er the west drawbridge.
Enter Ulric, splendidly dressed.
SIEGENDORF (to LUDWIG).
See they ccasi not Why so ? he loves you well.
Their quest of him I have described. [Erit LU. FIG.
How have I long'd for thee !
Your wish is granted
I have seen the murderer.
The Hungarian, who slew Stralenheim. Especially in these dark troublous times,
I live! and as I live, I saw him-
Heard him! He dared to utter even my name.
Werner! 'twas mine.
It must be so
SIEGENDORF When all knelt, and l.wept ? and yet methought
Never! never! all Through my fast tears, though they were thick and My destinies were woven in that name. warın,
It will not be engraved upon my tomb,
But it may lead me there.
To the point-the Hungarian? See aught save heaven, to which my eyes were raised
SIEGEN DORF. Together with the people's.
Listen!—The church was throng'd; the hymn was raised!
" Te Deum” peai'd from nations, rather than I thought too
From choirs, in one great cry of “God be praised" Ur heaven, although I look'd on Ulric.
For one day's peace after thrice ten dread years, JOSEPHINE.
Each bloodier than the former; I arose,
Come, With all the nobles, and as I look'd down Let us retire; they will be here anon,
Along the lines of lifted faces,-from Expectant of the banquet. We will lay
Our banner'd and escutcheon'd gallery, I
Saw, like a flash of lightning (for I saw
What shall we do with him? A moment, and no more), what struck me sightless
SIEGENDORF. To all else—the Hungarian's face; I grew
I know not that. Sick; and when I recover'd from the mist
ULRIC. Which curl'd about my senses, and again
Then wherefore seek ? Look'd down, I saw him not. The thanksgiving
SIEGEN DORF. Was over, and we march'd back in procession.
Because I cannot rest
Till he is found. His fate, and Stralenheim's, Continue.
And ours, seem intertwisted; nor can be
Enter an Attendant,
A stranger, to wait on The decorated street, the long array,
SIEGENDORF. The clashing music, and the thundering
He gave no name.
Admit him, ne'ertheless.
(The ATTENDANT introduces GABGR, and af
"T is, then, Werner !
The same you knew, sir, by that name; and you ? But still I saw him not; but in his stead
GABOR (looking round).
I recognise you both ; father and son, What in his stead?
It seems. Count, I have heard that you, or yours,
Have laiely been in search of me: I am here.
I have sought you, and have found you; you are charged As on the loftiest and the loveliest head
(Your own heart may inform you why) with such It rose the luighest of the stream of plumes, A crime as
(He pauses. Which overflow'd the glittering streets of Prague.
Give it utterance, and then
I'll meet the consequences.
You shall do so
First, who accuses me?
My own presence on the spot-the place—the time
And every speck of circumstance, unite
To fix the blot on you.
And on me only ?
Pause ere you answer: is no other name,
Save mine, stain'd in this business?
SIEGEN DORF. of those around me dragg’d me from the spot,
Trifling villain ! Secing my faininess, ignorant of the cause;
Who play'st with thine own guilt ? of all that breathe You, tow, were too reniote in the procession
Thou best dost know the innocence of him (The old nobles being divided from their children)
'Gains! whom thy breath would blow thy bloody slander,
But I will talk no further with a wretch,
Further than justice asks. Answer at once,
And without quibbling, to my charge.
'Tis (also !
SIZGEN DORT. lo searching for this man, or—when he's found, Who says so ?
To aid me.
These hints, as vague as vain, attach no less
To me than to my son.
I can't help that.
But let the consequence alight on him
Who feels himself the guilty one amongst us.
I speak to you, Count Siegendorf, because
I know you innocent, and deem you just.
But ere I can proceed-Dare you protect me ?He
Dare you command me? May have more names than one. Your lordship had 60
[SIEGENDORF first looks at the Hungarian, an! Once on a time.
then at Ulric, who has unbuckled his sabre, and SIEGEN DORF.
is drawing lines with it on the floor-still in its If you mean me, I dare
sheath. Your utmost.
ULRIC (looks at his father, and says)
Let the man go on! You may do so, and in safety:
I am unarm'd, count-bid your son lay down
ULRIC (effers it to him contemptuously).
No, sir ; 't is enough
That we are both unarm’d-I would not choose
To wear a steel which may be stain'd with more SIEGENDORF.
Blood than came there in battle. Liar and fiend! but you shall not be slain;
ULRIC (casts the sabre from him in contempl). These walls are mine, and you are safe within them.
It-or some (He turns to ULRIC.
Such other weapon, in my hands-spared yours Ulric, repel this calumny, as
Once, when disarm'd and at my mercy.
True It will refute itself. But touch him not.
I have not forgotten it: you spared me for (ULRIC endeavours to compose himself. Your own especial purpose—to sustain
An ignominy not mine own. Look at him, and then hear me.
Proceed. (First to GABOR, and then looking at ULRIC). The tale is doubtless worthy the relater.
I hear thee.
But is it of my father to hear further ? My God! you look
SIEGENDORF (takes his son by the hand). How?
My son! I know mine own innocence and doubt not SIEGEN DORF.
of yours—but I have promised this man patience;
As on that dread night Let him continue.
I will not detain you
By speaking of myself much; I began
Life early—and am what the world has made me. Count, you are bound to hear me. I came hither At Frankfort, on the Oder, where I pass'd Not seeking you, but sought. When I knelt down A winter in obscurity, it was Amidst the people in the church, I dream'd not My chance at several places of resort To find the beggar'd Werner in the seat
(Which I frequented sometimes, but not often)
In February last. A martial force,
Sent by the state, had, after strong resistance,
Secured a band of desperate men, supposed
Marauders from the hostile camp.—They proved, Ere I do so,
However, not to be so-but banditti, Allow me to inquire who profited
Whom either accident or enterprise By Stralenheim's death ? Was 't I-as poor as ever; Had carried from their usual haunt—the furests And poorer by suspicion on my name.
Which skirt Bohemia-even into Lusatia. 'The baron lost in that last outrage neither
Many amongst them were reported of Jewels nor gold; his life alone was sought- High rank-and martial law slept for a time. A life which stood between the claims of others At last they were escorted o'er the frontiers, To honours and estates, scarce less than princely. And placed beneath the civil jurisdiction
Of the free town of Frankfort. Of their fate, My purse, though slender, with you—you refused it.
refusal make a debt to you, And what is this to Ulric?
That thus you urge
it ? GABOR.
GABOR. Amongst them there was said to be one man
Still you owe me something. of wonderful endowments :-birth and fortune, Though not for that—and I owed you my safely, Youth, strength, and bearity, almost superhuman, At least my seeming safety–when the slaves Anu courage as unrivall'd, were proclaim'd
or Stralenheim pursued me on the gro'inds His by the public rumour; and his sway,
That I had robb'd him.
I conceal'd you—I,
Your hall's my court, your heart is my tribunal.
Be just, and I'll be merciful.
I. 'T will rest
You said, and to none else. At dead of night, " This is the man!” though he was then, as since, Weary with watching in the dark, and dubious With the nobles of the city. I felt sure
Of tracing back my way—I saw a glimmer
Portal—which open'd to the chamber, where,
I look'd through, and beheld a purple bed,
And on it Stralenheim !
Asleep! And yet
You slew him—wretch! One of those beings to whom Fortune bends
GABOR. As she doth to the daring-and on whom
He was already slain, The faies of others oft depend; besides,
And bleeding like a sacrifice. My own
Blood became ice.
But he was all alone!
You saw none else! You did not see the
(He pauses froni agitutun. GABOR.
I follow'd himSolicited his notice—and obtain'd it
He, whom you dare not name—nor even I Though not his friendship :-it was his intention Scarce dare to recollect-was not then in To leave the city privaiely-wc left it
The chamber. Together-and together we arrived
SLEG ENDORF (to ULRIC). In the poor town where Werner was concealed,
Then, my boy! thou art guiltless stillAnd Stralenheim was succour'd
-Now we are on
Thou bad'st me say I was so once-Oh! now
Do thou as much!
Be patient! I can not
Recede now, though it shake the very walls
Which frown above us. You remember, or
If not, your son does, - that the locks were changeo A man above his station--and if not
Beneath his chief inspection-on the morn So high, as now I find you, in my then
Which led to this same night: how he had enter'd Conceptions—'t was that I had rarely seen
He best knows—but within an antechamber,
A man who wash'd his bloody hands, and oft Poor-tren to all save rags- I would have shared With stern and anxious glance gazed back upon
The bleeding body--but it moved no more.
Been somewhat damaged in my name to save
Yours and your sor's. Weigh well what I have said. Oh! God of fathers !
Dare you await the event of a few minutes'
a pillar). Distinci-as I beheld them—though the expression
If I should do so?
(Opens a lurret door, This is so
This is the second safe asylum
You have offer'd me.
And was not the first so?
I know not that even now but will approve
Some tongues without will wag in my behalf.
Be brief in your decision ! I turn'd, and Aled-i' the dark: chance, rather than
I will be so
SIEGENDORF (points to Ulric's sabre, still upon And yet I had horrid dreams! and such brief sleep
the ground). The stars had not gone down when I awoke
Take also that
GABOR (takes up the sabre).
I will; and so provide If I have read it.-Well! I ted and hid me- To sell my life—not cheaply. Chance led me here after so many moons
(Gabor goes into the turret, which SIEGENDORF closes And show'd me Werner in Count Siegendorf!
SIEGEN DORF (advances to ULRIC). Werner, whom I had sought in huts in vain,
Now, Count Ulric! Inhabited the palace of a sovereign !
For son I dare not call thee-What say'st thou? You sought me, and have found me—now you know
His tale is true.
18 it revenge or justice which inspires Your meditation ?
Neither-I was weighing The value of your secret.
You shall know it
GABOR. Nou quite. You think me venal, and scarce true : 'T is nu less true, however, that my fortunes llave made me both at present ; you shall aid me; I would have aided you, and also have
Most true, father;
Ay, with half of my domains;
It is no time