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be, has not been induced to favour us hand, because I knew thee not indeed." with a second edition; but we are To which I answered, “ I marked that, my stepping ultra crepidam.
Lord, and so take your shake of the hand We find Goetz, and the iron hand back again." The manikin's neck grew red which furnished his popular cogno
crab for spite, and he went up the men, in full activity at the opening of
room and complained to the Palsgrave Lewis
and the Princes of Nassau.-But we have the drama. A conspiracy has been had much to do together since that. formed against him by the Bishop of
Weis. I wish you would leave me to Bamberg, and others; and one of the myself ! most active of its instruments is a cer
Goetz. Why so ?-I entreat you be at tain Lord of Weislingen, once the bo You are in my power, and I will som friend of Goetz's youth, and al not misuse it. most the lover of his sister, but now
Weis. That I am little anxious about estranged from him and his, by in- Your duty as a knight prescribes your trigues and the vile turns of this conduct. world's affairs. This man, lying in
Goetz. And you know how sacred it is wait for Goetz in the Forest of Has
Weis. I am taken-what follows is inlach, is, with his attendants, over
different. powered by the valour of the iron
Goetz. You should not say so-Had you handed Baron, and we soon have him been taken by a Prince and shut up fet, making his appearance as a prisoner in tered in a dungeon, your gaoler directed Goetz's pa nal castle of Jaxthausen. to drive sleep from your eyes Before d his captor arrive, we are all a glimpse of Goetz’s wife, Enter servants with clothes. WEISLIN. sistes, and child, engaged in the quiet GEN unarms and shifts himself. Enter domestic pursuits of the time, and
Charles. Good morrow, papa! this preparation has an admirable ef
Goetz (kisses him). Good morrow, boy! fect.
How have you been behaving? Enter Goetz, WEISLINGEN, Hans, Charles. Very well.--Aunt says I am a
and other Cavaliers, as from horseback. good boy.
Goetz. (Laying his helmet und sword on Goetz. That's right. a table.) Unclasp my armour, and give Charles. Have you brought me anyme my doublet.-Ease will refresh me. thing? Brother Martin said well-- You have put Goetz. Nothing this time. us out of wind, Weislingen !
Charles. I have learned a great deal [Weislingen answers nothing, but paces
Goetz. Aye! up and down.]
Charles. Shall I tell you about the good Goetz. Be of good heart !--Come, un
boy ? arm yourself !- Where are your clothes ? Goetz. After dinner. Not lost, I hope, in the scuffle ?-(To the Charles. And I know something else. attendants) Go, ask his servants ; open the Goetz. What may that be? trunks and see that nothing is missing-or Charles. “ Jaxthausen is a village and I can lend you some of mine.
castle upon the Jaxi, which has appertainWeis. Let me remain as I am- it is all ed in property and heritage, for two hun.
dred years, to the Lords of Berlichin. Goetz. I can give you a handsome clean gen.' doublet, but it is only oflinen. It has grown Goetz. Do you know the Lord of Ber. too little for me I had it on at the mar- lichingen ? (Charles stares at him.) With riage of the Lord Palsgrave, when your all his extensive learning, he does not know Bishop was so incensed at me.-About a his own father._Whoin does Jaxthausen fortnight before, I had sunk two of his ves- belong to ? sels upon the Maine- I was going up stairs Charles. • Jaxthausen is a village and to the venison in the inn at Heidelberg, castle upon the Jaxt with Francis of Seckingen. Before you get Goeta. I did not ask about that_I knew quite up, there is a landing-place with every path, pass, and ford about the place, iron rails--there stood the Bishop, and before ever I knew the name of the village, gave Frank his hand as he passed, and the castle, or river. Is your mother in the kitlike to me that was close behind lim. I chen? laughed in my sleeve, and went to the Charles. Yes, papa ! They are dressing Landgrave of Hanau, who was always my a lamb, with nice white turnips. noble friend, and told him, “ The Bishop Goetz. Do you know that too, Jack has given me his hand, but I wot well he Turnspit ? did not know me.” The Bishop heard me,
Charles. And my aunt is roasting an apfor I was speaking loud-He came to us ple for me to eat after dinner. an grily, and said, " True, I gave thee my Gocta. Can't you eat it raw ?
Charles. It tastes better roasted.
Goetz. That bishop was a learned clerk, Goetz. You must have a tid-bit, must and withal so gentle--I shall remember as you ?-Weislingen, I will be with you im. long as I live how he used to caress us, mediately.-I go to see my wife.-Come, praise our union, and describe the good Charles.
fortune of the man who has an adopted Charles. Who is that man ?
brother in a friend. Goetz. Bid him welcome. Tell him to Weis. No more of that. be cheerful.
Goetz. Does it displease you? I know Charles. There's my hand, man! Be nothing more delightful after fatigue, than cheerful-for the dinner will be ready to talk over old stories. Indeed, when I soon.
recall to mind how we were almost the Weis. (Takes up the child, and kisses same being, body and soul, and how I him.) Happy boy! that knowest no worse thought we were to continue so all our evil than the delay of dinner.-May you lives—Was not that my sole comfort when live to have much joy in your son, Berli. this hand was shot away at Landshut, and chingen!
when you nursed and tended me like a bro. Goetz. Where there is most light, the ther?--I hoped Adelbert would in future shades are deepest. Yet I thank God for be my right hand—And now him.-We'll see what they are about.
Weis. Alas! [Erit with Charles and Servants. Goetz. Hadst thou followed me when I Weis. O that I could but wake, and wished thee to go to Brabant with me, all find this all a drearn !-In the power of would have remained well. But then that Berlichingen !-of him from whom I had unhappy turn for court-dangling seized so far detached myself—whose remem thee, and thy coquetting ang flirting with brance I shunned like fire-whom I hoped idle women. I always tr e e, when to overpower !--And he still the old true. thou would'st mix with uses hinging, hearted Goetz!-O Adelbert! could'st thou begging court-sycophants, and ertain recall the days when we played as chil. them with gossiping about unlucky dren, and drove the mimic chase round matches, and seduced girls, and ch trash this hall; then thou lovedst him, prizedst as they are interested about I always him, as thy soul! Who can be near him and told thee, Adelbert, thou wilt become a hate him Alas! I am not here such as I rogue. was.-Happy days ! ye are gone.There, Weis. Why all this? in his chair by the chimney, sat old Ber. Goetz. Would to God I could forget it, lichingen, while we played around him, or that it were otherwise !-Art thou noc and loved each other like cherubs !-How as free, and as nobly born, as any in Geranxious will be the Bishop and all my many, independent, holding under the Emfriends!Well; I wot the whole country peror alone-and dost thou not crouch will sympathize with my misfortune. But amongst vassals ?--What is the Bishop to what does it avail ? Can that reflection give thee ? Allow he is thy neighbour, and can me the peace after which I struggle ? do thee a shrewd turn, hast thou not an
arm, and friends to requite himn in kind ? Re-enter GOETZ with wine and beakers. Art thou ignorant of the noble situation of
Goetz. We'll take a glass till dinner is a free knight, who rests only upon God, ready. Come, sit down-think yourself at the Emperor, and himself, that thou canst home! Consider you are once more the bear thus to crawl at the footstool of a sel. guest of Goetz." It is long since we have sat fish, malicious priest. side by side, and emptied a flagon together. Weis. Let me speak. (Fills.] Come-A light heart!
Goetz. What canst thou say ? Weis. Those times are over.
Weis. You look upon the princes, as Goetz. God forbid ! We shall hardly the wolf upon the shepherd. “And yet find more pleasant days than those which canst thou blame them for uniting in the we spent together at the Margrave's court defence of their own territories and proper.
when we were inseparable night and ty? Are they a moment secure from the day. I think with pleasure on the days unruly chivalry of your free knights, who of my youth.-Do you remember the bat plunder their vassals upon the very high tle I had with the Polander, and how I roads, and sack their castles and towns ? broke his frizzled pate for him ?
While upon the frontiers the public enemy Weis. It was at table; and he struck at threaten to overrun the lands of our dear you with a knife.
Emperor, and, while he needs their assistGoetz. However, I came off conqueror ance they can scarce sustain their own seand you had a quarrel upon the account curity-is it not our good genius which at with his comradeWe always stuck to this moment suggests a mean of bringing gether like brave boys—[Fills and hands peace to Germany, of securing the admiit to Wcislingen.] I shall never forget how nistration of justice, and giving to great the Margrave used to call us Castor and and small, the blessings of quiet ? For this Pollux. It does me good to think of it. purpose is our confederacy; and dost thou
Wcis. The Bishop of Wurtzburg call blame us for securing the protection of the ed us so first.
powerful princes our neighbours, instead
of relying on that of the Emperor, who is the Emperor. Hence they goad me from so far removed from us, and is hardly able every quarter, blacken my character with 10 protect himself?
the Emperor, and among my friends and Goetz. Yes, yes, I understand you. neighbours, and spy about for advantage Weislingen, were the princes as you paint against me. They would fain take me out them, we should be all agreed--all at peace of the way; that was the reason for impriand quiet : yes, every bird of prey naturally soning the page whom I had dispatched for likes to eat its plunder undisturbed. The intelligence : And you now say he did not general weal-They will hardly acquire bear himself as he should do, because he untimely grey hairs in studying for that would not betray my secrets. And thou, -And with the Emperor they play a fine Weislingen, art their tool! game. Every day comes some new adviser, Weis. Berlichingen and gives his opinion. The Emperor means Goetz. No more about it. I am an enewell, and would gladly put things to rights my to long explanations; they deceive ei. -but because a great man can soon give ther the maker or the hearer, and, for the an order, and by a single word put a thou- most part, both. sand hands into motion, he therefore thinks his orders will be as speedily accomplished.
Enter CHARLES. Then come ordinances upon ordinances, Char. Dinner, father! contradictory of each other, while the Goetz. Good news !--Come, I hope the princes all the while obey those only which company of my women folks will revive serve their own interest, and help them to you-you always liked the girls-Aye, aye, press under their footstool their less power. they can tell many pretty stories of you. ful neighbours and all the while they talk of the quiet and peace of the empire !_I
Weislingen is thus thrown once will be sworn, many a one thanks God in his heart that the Turk keeps the Emperor
more into the society of Berlichinfrom looking into these affairs.
gen's lovely sister, Maria; and the Weis. You view things your own way. reader may easily guess the result.
Goetz. So does every one. The question The following scene, however, is too is, which is the right light in which they full of merit to be omitted. We know should be regarded ?-And your plans are of few modern attempts to pourtray of the darkest.
the open-hearted simplicity of old Weis. You may say what you will, I manners, by half so successful. am your prisoner.
Goctz. When your conscience is free, so Maria. You love me, you say–Alas ! are you. But we talked of the general tran. I am perhaps but too much inclined to bequillity. I stood as a boy of sixteen with lieve it. the Margrave at an Imperial Diet. What Weis. Why not believe what I feel so harangues the princes made ! And worst of well, that I am entirely thine ? (Embraces all, your spiritual allies. The Bishop rung her.) *** into the Emperor's ears his regard for jus. Maria. (Softly.) I gave you one kiss for tice, till one wondered again. And now he earnest, but you must encroach no farther. has imprisoned a page of mine, at the very Wcis. You are too strict, Maria ! -Intime when our quarrels were all accommo. nocent love is pleasing in the sight of Headated, and I thought of nothing less. Is ven. not all betwixt us settled ? What is his bu. Maria. It may be so. But I must not siness with the boy ?
build upon what you say ; for I have been Weis. It was done without his know taught that caresses are as strong as fetters, ledge.
and that damsels, when they love, are weak. Goetz. Then why does he not release er than Sampson when he lost his locks. him ?
Weis. W'ho taught you so ? · Weis. He has not borne himself as he Maria, The abbess of my convent. Till should do.
my seventeenth year I was with her; and Goetz. Not as he should do ! By my only with you, for the first time, have I honour, he has done as he should do, as ceased to regret her company. She had surely as he was imprisoned both with your loved, and could tell- She had a knowledge and the Bishop's. Do you most affectionate heart.-Oh! she was an think I am come into the world this very excellent woman ! day, that I cannot see the tendency of all Weis. Then you resemble her--(Takes this?
her hand.)-W'hat would become of me Weis. Your suspicions do us injustice, were I to lose you?
Goetz. Weislingen, shall I tell you the Maria. That, I hope, is not likely to truth?-Inconsiderable as I am, I am a happen. But you must away. thorn in your eyes, and Selbiss and Seck Weis. I know it, dearest, and I will. ingen are no less so, while we retain our Well do I feel what a treasure I have pur. firm resolution to die, sooner than to thank chased by this sacrifice !--Now, blessed be any one but God for the air we breathe, or your brother, and the day on which he unpledge our faith and homage to any one but dertook to seize me!
Maria. His heart overflowed with hope Weis. Yet I am still more so. for you and himself. • Farewell,' he said; Goetz. (To Maria.) You will have pleaI go to recover my friend.'
sant quarters. Weis. That has he done. Would that I Maria. They say Franconia is a fine had studied the arrangement and security country of my property, instead of neglecting it, and Weis. And I may venture to say that dallying at that worthless Court !--then my castle lies in the most delicious part of could'st thou have been instantly mine.
it. Maria. Delay enhances pleasure.
Goetz. That thou mayst, and I will swear Weis. Say not so, Maria, Jest I dread to it. Look you, here flows the Mayne, that thy feelings are less keen than mine. around a hill clothed with corn-fields and True, I deserved punishment, deserved to vineyards, its top crowned with a Gothic lose every glimpse of this heavenly pros. castle-then the river makes a sharp turn, pect. But now! to be wholly thine ; to live and glides round behind the very rock on only in thee, and in thy circle of friends which it stands. The windows of the great far removed from the world ; to live for the hall look perpendicularly down upon the enjoyment of all the raptures which two river-a prospect which would detain one hearts can bestow. What is the favour of for hours. princes—what applauses of the universe to such simple, yet unequalled felicity ?
Enter ELIZABETH. Many have been my hopes and wishes; Eli. What would'st thou ? henceforth I am equally above both. Goetz. You, too, must give your hand,
and say, God bless you !-- They are a Enter GOETZ.
pair. Goetz. Your page is returned already ;
Eli. So soon ? he can scarcely bring out a word for hun.
Goetz. But not unexpected. ger and fatigue. My wife has ordered the
Eli. May ye ever love each other with poor knave to be taken care of. This much
the same affection as now-and as your I have picked out the Bishop will not
love, so be your happiness. give up my boy-an imperial commission
Weis. Amen! On that condition I en. is to be granted, under which all matters
sure it. are to be adjusted. But be it as he will, Goetz. The bridegroom, my dear, must Adelbert, you are free. Pledge me but
perforce away for awhile ; for this great your hand, that you will neither give open
event makes it needful for him to settle nor underhand assistance to my avowed ene.
some concerns at home. He must bid adieu mies.
to the Bishop's court, in order that that Weis. Here I grasp thy hand. From this connexion may be broken off by degrees. moment be our union and friendship as
Then he must rescue his property from the firm and unalterable as a primary law of na. hands of some selfish stewards ; and-But ture !--Let me take this hand also_(Takes come, sister-come, Elizabeth, his squire Maria's hand)--and with it the possession
has, perhaps, some private message to him. of this lovely lady.
Weis. None but what you may hear. Goetz. Dare I promise for you?
Goetz. Needless : - Franconians and Maria. (Timidly.) If-if it is your
Swabians ! now that you are one of us, we wish. ...
may bid their Mightinesses the princes deGoetz. By good luck our wishes will
fiance to their beard. not differ on this point. Thou needst not
[Exeunt Goetz, Elizabeth, Maria. blush-the glance of thy eye betrays thee.
Weis. (Alone.) God in heaven! And Well, then, Weislingen, join hands, and canst thou have reserved such happiness I say Amen! My friend and brother !_I for one so unworthy ? It is too much for thank thee, sister; thou spin'st more than my heart. How meanly I depended upon fax. for thou hast drawn a thread which wretched fools, whom I thought I was gocan fetter this wandering bird of paradise. verning by superiority of intrigue, subserYet thou lookst not quite open, Adelbert. vient to the glance of homage-demanding What ails thee ? _I am 'fully happy! princes !--Goetz, my faithful Goetz, thou What I but hoped in a dream I now see
hast restored me to myself and my belowith my eyes, and feel as if I still dream.
ved Maria has completed my reformation. ed. Now my vision is out. I thought to
I feel free, as if brought from a dungeon night, that, in token of reconciliation, I into the open air. Bamberg will I never gave thee this iron hand; and that you held more see—will snap all the shameful bands it so fast that it broke away from iny arm.
that have connected it and me. My heart I started, and awoke. Had I but dreamed rejoices, never more to undergo the degraa little longer, I should have seen how
dation of struggling for boons that may be thou didst make me a new living hand refused --He alone is great and happy who You must away this instant, to put in or
fills his own station of independence, and der thy castle and property. That damned
has neither to command nor to obey. Court has detained you long from both.
Weislingen makes fine resolutions, I must call my wife_Elizabeth !
but he does not keep them. Goetz reMaria. How transported is my brother! stores him to his freedom, and then permits, or rather requests him, to go with his head downmost_Here let us wait to Bamberg, there to arrange his pri him. vate affairs, and break off his con- Capt. Not so. nexion with the Bishop in a respect Offi. I entreat you. ful style, previous to his marriage with
with Capt. Sound, trumpeter and let us blow
b. him to hell. Maria. To Bamberg Weislingen goes;
[A charge sounded_Exeunt in full --but there new temptations, as well
carcer. as old, await him. A beautiful, artful, Selbiss, with his troopers, comes from bea and worthless dame, of high rank, the
hind the hill, galloping. widow lady of Walldorf, admires him, Selbiss. Follow me! Shout shout! and resolves, partly from this motive, (Loud alarm-Lerse and his party and partly from views of interest, to
sally from the wood. bind him, per fas aut nefas, in the Lerse. Fly to the help of Goetz! He is chains of her fascination. "The Bishop surrounded. Gallant Selbiss, thou hast cut is at hand. meantime, with flatteries thy way-we will sow the high road with and with dispensations—he persuades ve nereuodes these thistle-heads.
[Gallop off. the weak-minded man that there is
(They gullop across the stage, et
creunt. more evil in keeping than in breaking
(A loud alarm, with shouts and fie the engagement under which he had
ring for some minutes-Selbiss come while a prisoner at Jaxthausen.
is borne in wounded by two In a word, Adelbert yields, marries
troopers. Lady Walldorf-is once more the ene Sel. Leave me here, and hasten to Goetz. my of Goetz, and, as a natural conse First Trooper. Let us stay. You need quence of his conscious ingratitude, our aid. his enmity soon becomes the deadliest
Sel. Get one of you on the watch-tower, and the most determined of all against
and tell me how it goes. which our hero has to contend.
Ist Troop. How shall I get up ? The Emperor is persuaded to send
20 Troop. Get upon my shoulder ; you his troops against Berlichingen. Weis
can then reach the ruined part.
[First trooper gets up into the toroer. lingen heads a formidable army, and
Ist Troop. Alas! alas! leads it to Jaxthausen. Goetz as
Sel. What seest thou ? saults them in detachments on their 1st Troop. Your cavaliers fly to the hill. way, and comes off victor in many Scl. Hellish cowards ! I would that they bloody skirmishes-in regard to which, stood, and I had a ball through my head! we must quote one passage, chiefly on Ride one of you full speed-Curse, and account of its being, in so far as we
thunder them back to the field.-Seest thou know, the first example of that particu
[Exit second Trooper. lar species of narrative, which has since
Troop. I see the three black feathers in been carried to its utmost perfection in
the midst of the tumult.
Sel. Swim, brave swimmer-I lie here. the famous description of the siege of
Troop. A white plume_Whose is that? Front-de-Bauf's Castle, in Ivanhoe,
Sel. The Captain. given through one person stationed at
Troop. Goetz gallops upon him-Crash ! a window to others, who do not see any- down he goes! thing beyond the walls of a dungeon. Sel. The Captain ?
The scene of the following affair is the Troop. Yes. high-road to Jaxthausen. On one side Sel. Brave ! brave ! there is an eminence, with a ruined Troop. Alas, alas !--I see Goetz no more. watch-tower-on the other, the forest
Scl. Then die, Selbiss ! stretches wide over the valley--the
Troop. A dreadful tumult where he Imperialists enter on their march
stood. George's blue plume vanishes too.
Sel. Climb higher. Seest thon Lerse ? drums beating and colours flying
Troop. No; everything is in confusion. when, behold, Goetu is seen stationed on a rising-ground almost immediately
Sel. No further come down. How do
Seckingen's men bear themselves? in front of them. [Selbiss and Lerse Troop. So so_one of them flies to the are two of Berlichingen's chief friends wood another another—a whole troop and allies.
Goetz is lost! Captain. He halts upon the high Sc. Come down—tell me no more. road! That's too impudent. He shall re. Troop. I cannot-Bravo ! Bravo ! I see pent it- What ! not to fear the torrent Goetz.I see George-I see Lerse. that bursts loose upon him!
Sel. On horseback ? Officer. You will not run upon iron Troop. Aye, aye, high on horsebackpikes ? He looks as if he means to plant Victory! victory! They fly! the first that comes upon him in the mire, Sel The Imperialists?