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Mez. Two days--but he goes off to-day, as I heard
Mez. Prithee tell that story once morc. (Aloud.)
How long is it since Goetz had a new dispute with MAXIMILIAN, Emperor of Germany. GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN, a Free Knight of the Empire.
the Bishop? I thought all had been reconciled and ELIZABETII, his Wife.
smoothed up between them. MARIA, his Sister, CUARLES, his Son-- Boy.
Siev. Ay! Reconciliation with Priests !-When the GEORGE, his Page.
Bishop saw he could do no good, and always got the Bishop of Bamberg, ADELUERT VON WEISLINGEN, a Free German Knight of the Empire. worse at hard blows, he complained to the Circle, ADELA TON WALLDORF, Widow of the Count vou Walldorf.
and took care to make a good accommodation; while LEIBTRAUT, a Courtier of the Bishop's. Abbol of Fuldah, residing at the Bishop's Court.
honest Berlichingen was condemned unbeard, as he OLEARIUS, a Doctor of Luws.
always is, even when he has the right. Brother MARTIN, a donk.
Mez. God bless him! a worthy nobleman. UANS VON SELBISS,
} Free Knights, in alliance with Goelz. FRANCIS VOY'SECKINGEN,
Siev. Only think! Was it not shameful? They LERSE, a Cavalier.
have now imprisoned a page of his, even without the FRANCIS, Syuire lo Weislingen. Female Allendanl on Adela.
least crime—but they will be soon mauled for that. President, Accuser, and Avenger of the Secret Tribunal.
Mez. How stupidly the last enterprise misgave. MEZLER.
The Priest would have been in a furious chafe.
Siev. I do not believe it was owing to negligencekon.,
Look you, all had been discovered by Goetz' spies ; WILD,
we had the very best intelligence when the Bishop Imperial Commissioners. Two Merchants of Nuremberg.
would come from the baths, with how many atten. Magistrales of Hielbron.
dants, and which way; and, had it not been betrayed MAXIMILIAN STUMF, a Vassal of the Palsgrave. An Unknown.
by some false brother, Goetz would have blessed his Bride's Father,
bath for him. Bride,
1st Bam. What are you prating there about our Gipsy Caplar,
Bishop? I think you seek a scuffle.
Siev. Mind your own matters ; you have nothing Imperial Captain.
to do with our table. Donperial officers.
2nd Bam. Who taught you to speak disrespectfully Innkeeper. Sentinel.
of our Bishop? Serjeanl-al-arms.
Siev. Am I to answer your questions ?-Only mind Imperial Soldiers -- Troopers belonging to Goetz, to Selbiss, to Seckingen, and to Weislingen-Peasants-Gipsies-Judges of the Secret Tribunal
the gluttons-Gaolers-Courtiers, elc, etc, ele.
(The 1st Bamberger strikes him a box on the ear. Mez. Fell the hound dead.
2nd Bam. Here! if you dareGOETZ OF BERLICHINGEN,
[They fall upon each other; a scuffle.
Innk. (separating them.) Will you remain quiet! WITH THE IRON HAND.
Zounus ! Get out of the house if you have any thing
to do together : in this place I will have order and ACT I.
decency. (He gets the Bamberg Cavaliers out at the SCENE 1.
door.) And what did you want, ye asses?
Mez. No bad names, Hansel ! your glasses may An Inn at Schwarzenbergh in Franconia.
suffer. Come, comrade, we'll go and have the game MEZLER and SIEVERS, two Swabian Peasants, arc seated out. at a table-At the fire, at some distance from them, two
Enter two Cavaliers. Cavaliers from Bamberg-The Innkeeper.
1st Cav. What's the matter ? Siev. Hansel ! Another cup of brandy-and Chris Siev. Ah! Good day, Peter !—Good day, Beta ! tian measure.
From whence ? Innk. Thou art a Never-enough.
2nd Cav. (making signs.) You understand, not to Mez. (apart to Sievers.) Repeat again that about mention whom we serve. Berlichingen—These Bambergers seem to take of Sicv. Is your master Goetz far from this at present? fence ; they look sulky.
4 st Car. Hold your peace !-Have you had a quarrel! Siev. Bambergers :- What are they about here? Siev. You must have met the fellows without
Mez. Weislingen has been two days up yonder at they are Bambergers. the castle with the Earl—they came with him from 1st Cav. What brings them here? I know not where; they are his attendants-He is Siev. They attend Weislingen, who is above with about to return back to Bamberg.
the Earl at the Castle. Siev. Who is that Weislingen?
1st Cav. Weislingen ? Mez. The Bishop of Bamberg's right hand ! a power 2nd Cav. (aside to his companion.) Peter, we have ful lord, who lies lurking for the means of playing found the game.-How long has he been here ? Goetz some trick. Sicv. He had better take care of himself.
one of the rascals say.
Ist Cav. (aside.) Did I not tell thee he was here? Geo. Ah! mighty sir! - We have now no time to spare-Come
Goctz. What's the matter with thee? Siev. Help us first to drub the Bambergers.
Geo. May I not go along? 2nd Cav. There are already two of you-Wemust Goetz. Another time, George! When we are inaway-Adieu !
tercepting merchants and plundering waggons
[Exeunt both Cavaliers. Geo. Another time!-You have said that so often. Siev. Flinching dogs, these troopers ! They won't | -0 this time, this time! I will only sculk behind; fight a stroke without pay.
just peep at a side— I will gather up all the shot arMez. I could swear they have something on hand. rows for you. Whom do they serve ?
Goetz. The next time, George !-You must first Sicv. I should hardly tell——They serve Goetz. have a proper dress; a hauberk, and a lance.
Mez. So !-Well, now will we out upon these Geo. Take me with you !-Had I been with you dogs-While I have a quarterstaff, I care not for their last time, you would not have lost your crossbow. spits.
Goetz. Do you know that? Siev. If we durst but once drub their masters so, Geo. You threw it at your antagonist's head; one who drag the skin over our ears !
of his squires picked it up, and ran off with it.-Don't [Exeunt. I know it?
Goetz. Did my people tell you so ?
Geo. O yes : and for doing so, I play them all sorts
of tunes on the fife while they dress the horses, and Scene changes to the front of a collage in a thick Forest.
teach them such charming songsGOETZ DE BERLICHINGEN discovered walking among the
Goetz. Thou art a brave boy. trees before the door.
Geo. Take me with you to prove myself so. Goetz, Where linger my servants ?-I must walk Goetz. The next time, on my word !—Thou must up and down, or sleep will overcome me—Five days not go to battle unarmed as thou art— Besides, the and nights already upon the watch—But freedom approaching hour requires men. I tell thee, my boy, gives relish to this mode of life: and when I have it will be a dear time-Princes shall beg their treathee, Weislingen, I may have some rest.-(Fills a glass sure from a man they hate. Go, George, give Hans bis of wine and drinks ; looks at the flask).—Again empty armour again, and bring me wine.—(Exit GEORGE.)
-George!-While this and my courage last, I can Where can my people stay ?—It is incomprehensible! laugh at their principalities and powers!—They send -A monk !-What brings him here? (Enter Broround their favourite Weislingen to their uncles and ther Martin). Worthy father, good evening! Whicousins to calumniate my character—Very well-1 ther so late? Though a man of sacred peace, thou am awake.—Thou didst escape me, Bishop; but thy shamest many knights. dear Weislingen may pay the score.-George! Does Mar. Thanks, noble sir!-I stand before you an the boy not hear ?--George ! George!
unworthy brother of the order of St. Augustin; my
christened name Martin, from the holy saint. Enter GEORGE, endeavouring to put off the corslet of a
Goetz. You are tired, brother Martin, and withfull-grown man.
out doubt thirsty. (Enter GEORGE with wine.) Here, Goetz. What kept thee? Wert thou asleep?—What in good time, comes wine ! masquerade is this, in the devil's name?-Come hither; Mar. For me a draught of water. I dare drink no thou dost not look amiss. Don't be ashamed, boy; wine. thou art gallant. Ah ! thou couldst but fill it ! Goetz. Is it against your vow ? Is it Hans's cuirass ?
Mar. Noble sir, to drink wine is not against my Geo. He wished to sleep a little, and unclasped it. vow; but because wine when drunken is against my Goetz. He is more delicate than his master.
vow, therefore I drink it not. Geo. Do not be angry! I took it gently away and Goetz. How do you mean ? put it on, and took my father's old sword from the Mar. When thou hast eaten and drunken, thou • wall, and sallied out to the meadow
art as it were new born-stronger, bolder, apter for Goetz. And laid about you ?-Fine work among action. After wine thou art double what thou shouldst the brambles and thorns !—Is Hans asleep ?
be !-twice as ingenious, twice as enterprising, and Geo. He started up and cried to me when you called twice as active. -I was trying to unclasp it when I heard you twice Goetz. True-I feel it so. or thrice.
Mar. Therefore shouldst thou drink it-but weGoetz. Go, take back his cuirass to him, and tell
(GEORGE brings water. GOETZ him to be ready with the horses.
speaks to him apart. Geo. I have fed them and rubbed them well down; Goetz. Go to the road from Darbach; lie down they may come out when you will.
with thy ear to the earth, and listen for the tread of Goetz. Bring me a stoup of wine. Give Hans a horses. Return immediately. glass, and tell himn to be merry—there is good cause;
(GEORGE goes out. I expect the return of my scouts every moment. Mar. But we, on the other hand, when we have
eaten and drunken, are the reverse of what we should I give yourself up to a sleep, sweeter than the draught be. Our sleepy digestion depresses our mental pow- after thirst-then can I speak of happiness! ers; in a weak body such sloth excites desires, which Goetz. And accordingly it comes but seldom ! increase with the cause which produces them.
Mar. But when it does come, it is a foretaste of Goetz. One glass, brother Martin, will not set you paradise. When you return back laden with hostile asleep. You have come far to-day—(Helps him to spoils, and tell, “Such a one I struck from his horse wine.)Here's to all warriors !
ere he could discharge his piece-such another I overMar. In God's name !—I cannot defend idle people threw, horse and man;" then you ride your Castie - yet all monks are not idle; they do what they can: around, and -I am just come from St. Bede, where I slept last Goetz. What mean you ? night. The Prior carried me into their garden, where Mar. And your wife-(Fills a glass.)—To the they had raised beans, excellent sallad, cabbages to a health of your lady! You have one ? wish, and such cauliflowers and artichokes as you Goetz. A virtuous, noble wife! will hardly find in Europe.
Mar. Well for him who can say so; his life is Goetz. That is no part of your business ?
doubled. The blessing was denied for me, yet was [Goes out and looks anxiously after it the finishing crown of creation. the boy. Returns.
(He wipes his eyes. Mar. Would God had made me a gardener, or Goetz (aside). I grieve for him. The sense of his some other labourer, I might then have been happy! situation chills his heart. My Abbot loves me; the convent is involved in busi
Enter GEORGE, breathless. ness ; he knows I cannot rest idle, and so he sends me to manage what is to be done : I go to the Bishop Geo. My Lord, my Lord, horses at the gallop !of Constance.
two of them - They for certainGoetz. Another glass-A happy expedition !
Goetz. Bring out my steed; let Hans mount. FareMar. The like
well, dear brother !-Be cheerful and duteous; God Goetz. Why do you look at me so fixedly, brother? will give space for exertion. Mar. I was admiring your armour.
Mar. Let me request your name. Goetz. Would you have liked a suit? It is heavy, Goelz. Pardon me--Farewell ! and toilsome to bear.
[Gives his left hand. Mar. What is not toilsome in this world ?-But Mar. Why the left ?- Am I unworthy of the knightly what so much so as to renounce our very nature ? right hand ? Poverty, chastity, obedience—three vows, each of Goetz. Were you the Emperor, you must be sawhich singly is dreadful to humanity-united, insup- tisfied with this. My right hand, though not useportable; and to spend a lifetime under this burden, less in combat, is unresponsive to the grasp of affecor to pant comfortless under the depressing load of tion. It is one with its mail'd gauntlet-You see, it an offended conscience-Ah! Sir Knight, what are is iron! the toils of your life compared to the sorrows of a Mar. Then art thou Goetz of Berlichingen. I state, which, from a misinterpreted notion of the thank thee, Heaven, who hast shown me the man Deity, condemns as crimes even those actions and whom princes hate, but to whom the oppressed desires through which we exist.
throng! Let me kiss this hand, let me kiss it. Goetz. Were your vow less sacred, I would give Goetz. You must not ! you a suit of armour and a steed, and we should go Mar. Let me, let me—Thou hand, more worth together.
than the relic through which the most sacred blood Mar. Would to heaven my shoulders had strength has flowed ! dead though thou seemest, thou livest a to bear harness, and my arm to unhorse an enemy! witness of the noblest confidence in God. -Poor weak hand, accustomed to swing censers, to
(Goetz adjusts his helmet, takes his lance. bear crosses and banners of peace, how couldst thou Mar. There was a monk among us about a year, manage the lance and falchion ? My voice, tuned who visited you when your hand was shot off before only to Aves and Halleluiahs, would be a herald of Landshut. How he used to tell us what you sufmy weakness to a superior enemy; otherwise should fered, and your grief at being disabled for your prono vows keep me from entering an order founded by fession of arms; till you heard of one who had also the Creator himself.
lost a hand, and yet served long a gallant knight. I Goetz. To our happy return !
shall never forget it. [Drinks.
Enter PETER and the other Cavalier. They speak apart Mar. I pledge you upon your account only! Re
with GOETZ. turn to my prison must be to me ever unhappy. When you, Sir Knight, return to your walls with the Mar. (going on.) I shall never forget his words in consciousness of your strength and gallantry, which the most noble, the most unreserved confidence in no fatigue can diminish; when you, for the first time, God: “If I bad twelve hands, what would they avail after a long absence, stretch yourself unarmed upon me without bis grace? then may I with only one and your bed, secure from the attack of enemies, and I heaven to friend”.
Goetz. In the wood of Haslach too? (Returns to thee for thy benevolence through me: whatever sick Martin.) Farewell, worthy brother!
person thou touchest”Mar. Forget me not, as I shall never forget thee! Char. -" with the hand”. - It was the right
[Exeunt Goetz and his Troopers. hand, I think. Mar. The sight of him touched my heart-He
Maria. Yes. spoke not, and my spirit sunk under his—Yet it is a Char. --" he will immediately become well.” pleasure to have seen a great man.
Maria. “Then the child went home, and could not Geo. Worthy sir, you will sleep here?
speak for joy” Mar. Can I have a bed?
Char, -" and fell upon his mother's neck and Geo. No, sir! I know a bed only by hearsay; in wept.” our lodgings there is but straw.
Maria. “ Then the mother cried, What's the matMar. It will serve. What is thy name?
ter with me? and became”. Geo. George, sir.
Char. -" became-became”Mar. George!- Thou hast a gallant patron-saint.
Maria. You do not mind—"and became well. Geo. They say he was a knight; that would I like | And the child cured kings and emperors, and became to be!
so rich that he built a great abbey.” Mar. Stop! (Takes a picture from his breviary
Eliz. I cannot understand why my husband stays. and gives il to the Page.) There thou hast him-fol He has been away five days and nights, and he exlow his example; be brave, and fear God.
pected to have done his business much sooner. (Exit into the cottage.
Maria. I am very uneasy about it. Were I marGeo. Ah! what charming grey steed!—If I had ried to a man who ever incurred such danger, I should but one like that—and the gilded armour-There is die the first day. an ugly dragon-At present I shoot nothing but spar
Eliz. Therefore I thank God, who has made me of rows. O St. George! make me but tall and strong;
harder stuff! give me a lance, armour, and a horse, and then let
Char. But must my father always ride out, when the dragon come against me when it will.
it is so dangerous ?
Maria. Such is his good pleasure.
Eliz. Do you not remember the last time he rode An Apartment in Jaxthausen, the Castle of Goets of out, when he brought you these fine things ? Berlichingen.
Char. Will he bring me any thing now?
Eliz. I believe so. Listen : There was a poor man ELIZABETH, MARIA, and CHARLES discovered.
at Stutgard who shot excellently with the bow, and Char. Pray now, dear aunt, tell me again that gained a prize from the magistratesstory of the good child; it is so pretty
Char. How much ? Maria. Do you tell it to me, little rogue! that I Eliz. A hundred dollars;--and afterwards they may see if you pay attention.
would not pay him. Char. Wait then till I think-" There was once Maria. That was base, Charles. upon”—Yes—"There was once upon a time a child, Char. Shabby people! and his mother was sick; so the child went”
Eliz. The poor man came to your father, and beMaria. No, no!-" Then said his mother”. sought him to help him to his money; then your faChar. “I am sick”
ther rode out and intercepted two convoys of meraria. “And cannot go out;”
chandise, and plagued them till they paid the money. Char. “And gave him money, and said, Go and _Would not you have ridden out too? buy yourself a breakfast.”
Char. No-For one must go through thick woods, o Maria. “The child went. There met him an old where there are gipsies and witchesman that was”—Now, Charles !
Eliz. You little rogue!-Afraid of witches! Char. -" that was-old”
Maria. You are right, Charles !-Live at home in Maria. Indeed !-"that was not able to walk, and your castle, like a quiet Christian knight-One may said, Dear child "
do a great deal of good out of one's own fortune. Char. _"give me something; I have eat not a These redressers of wrongs do more harm than good morsel yesterday or to-day. Then the child gave by their interference. him the money”.
Eliz. Sister, you know not what you are sayingMaria.—" that should have bought his breakfast.” God grant our boy may turn brave as he grows up, Char. “Then said the old man”
and pull down that Weislingen, who has dealt so Maria. “Then the old man took the child by the faithlessly with my husband ! hand”
Maria. We cannot agree in this, Eliza-My broChar. _" by the hand, and said—and became a ther is highly incensed, and thou art so also; but I fine beautiful saint-and said
am cooler in the business, and can be less inveterate. Maria. “Dear child! the sacred Virgin rewards Eliz. Weislingen cannot be defended.
Maria. What I bave heard of him bas pleased me Enter Goetz, Weislingen, Ilans, and other Cavaliers, -Even thy husband speaks him good and affec
as from horseback. tionate—How happy was their youth when they were
Goetz. (laying his helmet and sword on a table.) both pages of honour to the Margrave!
Unclasp my armour, and give me my doublet-Ease Eliz. That may be :-But only tell me, how can
will refresh me.-Brother Martin said well-You the man be good who lays ambushes for his best and
have put us out of wind, Weislingen! truest friend? who has sold his service to the ene
(WEISLINGEN answers nothing, but mies of my husband ? and, by invidious misrepresen
paces up and down. tations, alienates from us our noble Emperor, natu Goetz. Be of good heart !-Come, unarm yourself! rally so gracious ?
-Where are your clothes ?-Not lost, I hope, in the (A horn winded.
scuffle ?–To the Attendants.) Go, ask his servants; Char. Papa! Papa !
open the trunks, and see that nothing is missing.-Or (The Warder sounds his horn.
I can lend you some of mine.
Weis. Let me remain as I am-It is all one.
Goetz. I can give you a handsome clean doublet, Enter PETER.
but it is only of linen-It has grown too little for
me I had it on the marriage of the Lord Palsgrave, Peter. We have hunted—we have caught the game! when your Bishop was so incensed at me.—About a --God save you, noble ladies !
fortnight before I had sunk two of his vessels upon Eliz. Have you Weislingen?
the Maine-I was going up stairs to the venison in Peter. Himself, and three followers.
the inn at Heidelberg, with Francis of Seckingen. Eliz. How came you to stay so long?
Before you get quite up, there is a landing-place with Peter. We watched for him between Nuremberg iron-rails—there stood the Bishop, and gave Frank and Bamberg, but he did not come, though we knew his hand as he passed, and the like to me that was he had set out. At length we found him; he had close behind him. I laughed in my sleeve, and went struck off sideways, and was living quietly with the to the Landgrave of Hanau, who was always my Earl at Schwarzenberg.
noble friend, and told him, “The Bishop has given Eliz. Then will my husband have him next for an
me his hand, but I wot well he did not know me.” enemy.
The Bishop heard me, for I was speaking loud-He Peter. I told this immediately to my master-Up came to us angrily, and said, “ True, I gave thee my and away we rode for the forest of Haslach. And hand, because I knew thee not indeed.”—To which it was curious, while we were riding thither that I answered, “ I marked that, my Lord; and so take night, that a shepherd was watching, and five wolves your shake of the band back again!”—The manikin's fell upon the slock, and were taken. Then my mas neck grew red as a crab for spite, and he went up ter laughed and said, Good luck to us all, dear com
the room and complained to the Palsgrave Lewis and panion, both to you and us !- And the good omen the Princess of Nassau.—But we have had much to overjoyed us.—Just then Weislingen came riding do together since that. along with four attendants
Weis. I wish you would leave me to myself! Maria. My heart shudders in my bosom.
Goelz. Why so ?-I entreat you be at rest. You Peler. My comrade and I threw ourselves suddenly are in my power, and I will not misuse it. on him, and clung to him as if we were one body,
Weis. That I am little auxious about-Your duty while my master and the others fell upon the ser as a knight prescribes your conduct. vants. They were all, taken, except one who es
Goelz. And you know how sacred it is to me. caped.
Weis. I am taken- What follows is indifferent. Eliz. I am curious to see him—Will they come Goetz. You should not say so.-Had you been soon?
taken by a prince, and shut up fettered in a dungeon, Peter. Immediately—They are riding over the hill. your gaoler directed to drive sleep from your eyes Mariu. He will be cast down and dejected. Peter. He looks gloomy enough.
Enter Serrants with clothes. Weislingen unarms and Maria. The sight of his distress will grieve me!
shifts himself. Enter CHARLES., Eliz. O! I must get food ready-You must be all Char. Good morrow, papa! hungry.
Goetz (kisses him). Good morrow, boy !-How have Peter. Right hungry, truly.
you been behaving ? Eliz. Take the cellar keys and draw the best wine Char. Very well.- Aunt says I am a good boy. --You have deserved the best.
Goetz. That's right.
(Exit ELIZABETH. Char. Have you brought me any thing ? Char. I'll go with aunt.
Goetz. Nothing this time. Maria. Come then, you rogue !
Char. I have learned a great deal — [Exeunt CHARLES and MARIA.
Goctz. Ay! Peter. He'll never be his father-At bis years he Char. Shall I tell you about the good boy? was in the stable
Goetz. After dinner