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by only one squire; I stood at the steps, and whis- of Nuremberg :-Goetz von Berlichingen and Hans pered to hiin as he passed, “Two words from your von Selbiss fell upon thirteen of us as we journeyed friend Berlichingen.” He started—I marked the con- from the fair at Frankfort, under an escort from sciousness of guilt in his face. He had scarcely the Bamberg-they overpowered and plundered us.
We heart to look upon me-me, a poor horseboy! request your imperial assistance and redress, else
Sel. His conscience is more degrading than thy si must we beg our bread. tuation.
Emp. Sacred heaven! what is this?—The one has Geo. “Art thou of Bamberg?" said he.—“I bring but one hand, the other but one leg—with two hands a message from the Knight of Berlichingen," said I, and two legs what would they have done! “and am to enquire"--"Come to my apartment 1st Mer. We most humbly beseech your Majesty to to
morrow early," quoth he, “and we will speak look with compassion upon our unfortunate situation. further.”
Emp. Thus it goes :—If a merchant loses a bag of Goelz. And you went?
pepper, all Germany must be in arms; but when buGeo. Yes, truly, I went, and waited in his ante siness occurs in which the Imperial Majesty is interchamber long-long; and his silken-jacketed pages ested, should it concern dukedoms, principalities, or flouted me on all hands. Flout on, thought I, if I kingdoms, not a man must be disturbed. had you—At length I was introduced. He seemed Weis. You come at an unsuitable time. Go, and displeased-But what cared I?-I discharged my er- stay here for a few days. rand. When he had heard me out, he put on just Mer. We recommend ourselves to your protection. such an angry blustering look as a coward that wants
(Exeunt Merchants. to look brave. He wondered most dreadfully that
Emp. Still new disturbances—They spring like the you should send a message to him by a horseboy. | hydra's beads ! That piqued me. • There are but two sorts of Weis. Which can only be checked by fire and sword. people," said I, “The gallant and the base-and I Emp. Do you think so ? serve Goetz of Berlichingen.” Then he began, took Weis. Nothing can be more certain, since your every thing wrong; said, that you had hurried his Majesty and the Princes of the Empire have accommotions, that he owed you no allegiance, and would modated your other disputes. It is not the body of have nothing to do with you.
the state that complains of this malady-Franconia Goelz. Hadst thou that from his own mouth? and Swabia only glow with the embers of civil disGeo. That, and yet more—He threatened me cord; and even there are many of the nobles and free
Goelz. It is enough. He is lost for ever. Confi- / barons that wish for quiet. Had we but once crushed dence and credulity have again blinded me. Poor Seckingen, Selbiss-and-and--and Berlichingen, the Mary! how shall I tell this to thee?
others would fall asunder; for it is their spirit which Sel. I would rather have lost my other leg than enlivens the rest. have been such a turncoat.
Emp. Fain would I excuse these knights—they are noble and hardy. Should I be engaged in war, they
would follow me to the field. ACT III.
Weis. It is to be wished they might know their duty—though even in that case it would be danger
ous to encourage their mutinous bravery by posts of The Imperial Garden at Augsbury.
trust : for it is the Imperial mercy and mildness Enter two Merchants of Nuremberg.
that they so dreadfully abuse, upon which the hope
and confidence of their league rests; and it cannot 1st Mer. We'll stand here till the Emperor shall
be quelled till we withdraw the encouragement of pass—He is just coming up the long avenue. 2nd Mer. Who is with bim ?
their presumption, and destroy their power before 1st Mer. Adelbert von Weislingen.
the eyes of the whole world. 2nd Mer. The friend of the Bishop-That's lucky.
Emp. You advise force, then ? 1st Mer. We'll prostrate ourselves, and I'll speak. insurrection which has spread itself abroad. And
Weis. I see no other means of quelling the spirit of 2nd Mer. See! they come.
do we not hear the bitterest complaints from the Enter the Emperor and WEISLINGEN.
nobles, that their vassals and bondsmen attach them1st Mer. He looks displeased.
selves to the side of these restless beings ?-a pracEmp. I want courage, Weislingen. When I re tice which destroys all feudal subordination, and view my past life, well may I be dismayed at the re must produce the most fearful consequences. collection of so many half-ay, and wholly ruined
Emp. I shall despatch a strong force against Berundertakings—and all because the pettiest feudatory lichingen and Selbiss; but I will not have them perof the empire prefers his own whims to its welfare. sonally injured. Could they be seized prisoners,
[The Merchants throw themselves at his feet. they should swear to renounce their feuds, and to 1st Mer. Most mighty! most gracious!
remain in their own castles and territories upon their Emp. Who are ye? what seek ye?
knightly parole. At the next session of the Diet we 1st Mer. Poor merchants, from your imperial city I will propose this plan.
Weis. A general exclamation of assent and joy will spare your Majesty the trouble of particular detail.
Scene changes to Jaxthausen.
Seck. It goes to my wish! She looked at me from Scene changes to Juxthausen.
head to foot, comparing me no doubt to her gallant. Enter GOETZ and FRANCIS Von SECKINGEN.
- Thank God I can stand the scrutiny!-She anSeck. Yes, my friend, I come to request the heart swered little and confusedly, then with more comand hand of your fair sister.
posure-0, it will do some day! A proposal of Goetz. I would you had come sooner-Weislingen marriage does not come amiss after such a cruel disduring his imprisonment obtained her affections, and appointment.
Goetz. There is the summons !—The Emperor bas Seck. He has broken a double band. 'Tis well for despatched a party to give my body to the beasts of you that you were not still more nearly connected the earth and the fowls of heaven. with the traitor.
Seck. They shall first furnish them with a dinner Goetz. Yonder sits the poor maiden, wasting her themselves--I am here in the very nick. life in lamentation and prayer.
Goetz. No, Seckingen, you must leave me. Your Seck. I will comfort her.
great undertakings will be ruined should you become Goetz. What! Would you think of marrying a for- the enemy of the Emperor at so unseasonable a time. saken
Besides, you can be of more use to me by remaining Seck. It is to the honour of both, that you have neuter. The worst that can happen is my being been betrayed by him. Should the poor girl be caged made prisoner; and then your timely good word with in a cloister, because the first man she knew proved the Emperor, who esteems you, may rescue me out a worthless renegade? Not so- I keep my purpose of the distress into which your untimely assistance -She shall be empress of my castles and heart !
will unremediably plunge us both. To what purpose Goetz. I tell you he was not indifferent to her. should you do otherwise? The cry is against me;
Seck. Do you think I cannot efface the recollection of and could they say we were united, it would be only such a wretch ?
so much the louder. The Emperor pours forth this tide against me; and I should be utterly ruined, were it as easy to inspire courage into soldiers as to
collect them into a body. Scene changes lo the Camp of the Party sent to execute the Imperial Mandate.
Seck. But I can privately send you a score of troopers.
Goetz. Good! I have already sent George to Sel. Imperial Captain and Officers discovered.
biss, and to my people in the neighbourhood. My dear Capt. We must be cautious, and spare our people brother, when my forces are collected, they will be as much as possible. Besides, it is our strict orders such a little troop as few princes can bring together. to overpower and seize bim alive. It will be difficult
Seck. It will be small against the multitude. to obey-for who will match him hand to hand ?
Goetz. One wolf is too many for a whole flock of 1st op. 'Tis true. And he will bear himself like sheep. a wild boar. Besides, in his whole life he has never Seck. But if they have a good shepherd ? injured any of us, so each will willingly leave to the Goetz. Never fear!—They are mere hirelings; and others the honour of risking their legs and arms in even the best knight can do little if he has not his behalf of the Emperor.
motions at his own command. It happened once to 2nd off. 'Twere shame to us should we not fight me, that, to oblige the Palsgrave, I went to serve him. Had I him once by the ears, he should not ea against Conrad Schotten; then they presented me sily shake himself clear.
with a paper of instructions from the Chancery, and 1st off. If his jaws had hold of you, they might said, Thus must you conduct yourself. I threw down chance to spoil your straight back. My gentle, young the paper before the magistrates, and told them I Sir Knight, such people don't fight like a coy wench! would have nothing to do with it; that something 2nd Off. We shall see.
might happen unprovided for in my instructions, Capt. By this time he must have had our summons and that I must order my motions from the infor- We must not dally. I mean to dispatch a troop mation of my own eyes. to seek bim out.
Seck. Good luck, brother! I will hence, and send 2nd Off. Let me lead it.
thee what men I can collect in haste. Capl. You are unacquainted with the country. Goetz. Come first to the women-I'll bave you to2nd off. I have a servant who was born and bred here. gether: I would thou hadst her promise before thou ('upl. I am glad to hear it-Forward ! (Exeunt. goest!—Then send me the troopers, and come here
in private to carry away my Maria; for my castle, I Lerse. I am sorry for that. Do you recollect when, to fear me, will be shortly no abode for women. please the Palsgrave, you rode against Conrad SchotSeck. We will hope the best.
ten, and went through Hassfurton an All-hallow's-eve? (Exeunt.
Goetz. I remember it well.
Lerse. And twenty-five troopers encountered you SCENE V.
in a village by the way ? Scene changes to Bamberg:- Adela's Chamber.
Goetz. Exactly. I took them only for twelve
and divided my party, which amounted but to sixteen, ADELA and FRANCIS.
leaving part in the town, and riding forwards with Adela. So, the ban is to be enforced against both ? the others, in hopes they would pass me, and be thus
Fran. Yes—and my master has the bappiness to placed betwixt two fires. march against your enemy the Duke. Gladly would Lerse. But we saw you, and guessed your intenI have gone too, had I not had the still greater plea- tion. We drew up on the height above the village, sure of being despatched to you. But I will away in hopes you would attack us : when we observed you instantly, and soon return with pleasant news-my keep the road and go past, then we rode down on you. master so commanded me.
Goetz. And then I first saw that I had put my hand Adela. How is it with him ?
into the wolf's mouth. Five-and-twenty against Fran. He is cheerful—and commanded me to kiss eight is no jesting business. Everard Truchsess
killed one of my followers. Had they all behaved like Adela. There !-Thy lips glow.
him and one other trooper, it had been over with me Fran. (aside, pressing his breast.) Here glows and my little band. somewhat yet more fiery.-Gracious lady, your ser Lerse. And that trooper vants are the most fortunate of beings!
Goetz. -Was as gallant a fellow as I ever saw. Adela. Who goes against Berlichingen?
He attacked me fiercely; and when I thought I had Fran. The Baron von Sirau. Farewell !—Best, given him enough, and was engaged elsewhere, he was most gracious lady, I must away-Forget me not ! upon me again, and laid on like a fury; he cut quite
Adela. Thou must first take some rest and re through my cuirass, and gave me a flesh wound. freshment.
Lerse. Have you forgiven him? Fran. I need none-I have seen you !-I am neither Goetz. I had but too much reason to be pleased weary nor hungry.
with him. Adela. I know thy fidelity.
Lerse. I hope then you have cause to be contented Fran. Ah, gracious lady!
with me, since my pattern exhibition was on your Adela. You can never hold out; you must repose own person. and refresh yourself.
Goetz. Art thou he ?-0 welcome! welcome ! Fran. Such care for a poor youth! [Erit. Canst thou say, Maximilian, thou hast such a heart
Adela. The tears stood in his eyes. He interests amongst all thy servants ! me from the heart. Never did man love so warmly Lerse. I wonder you did not sooner enquire after me. and so true.
[Exit. Goetz. How could I think that the man would en
gage in my service who attacked me so desperately? SCENE VI.
Lerse. Even so, my Lord-From my youth upwards
I have served as a cavalier, and have had to do with Scene returns to Jaxthausen.
many a knight. I was overjoyed to learn we were Goetz and GEORGE.
to attack you; for I had heard of your fame, and I Geo. He would speak with you in person. I know
wished to know you. You saw I gave way, and you bim not-a tall, well-made man, with dark keen eyes. saw it was not from cowardice, for I returned to the Goetz. Bring him in.
charge-In short, I did learn to know you, and from [Exit GEORGE. that hour I resolved to serve you. Enter LERSE.
Goetz. How long wilt thou engage with me? Goetz. God greet you !—What bring you?
Lerse. For a year—without pay. Lerse. Myself :-it is not much, but that is all I Goetz. No—thou shalt have as the others, and as have to offer.
the foremost among them. Goetz. You are welcome, doubly welcome !-A
Enter GEORGE. gallant man, and at a time when, far from expecting new friends, I trembled for the wavering fidelity of Geo. Hans of Selbiss greets you!-To-morrow he the old-Your name ?
is here with fifty men. Lerse. Francis Lerse.
Goetz. "Tis well. Goetz. I thank you, Francis, for having made me Geo. It is coming to sharps-There is a troop of acquainted with a brave man!
Imperialists come forwards, without doubt, to reconLerse. I made you acquainted with him once be- noitre. fore, when you did not thank me for my pains. Goetz. How many ? Goetz. I remember nothing of it.
Geo. About fifty or so.
Goetz. No more!-Come, Lerse, we'll have a crash
SCENE VIII. with them, that when Selbiss comes he may find some
Camp of Imperialists. work done to his hand. Lerse. 'Twill be a royal foretaste.
Captain and First Officer. Goetz. To horse!
1st Os. They fly from afar towards the camp.
Cap. He will be hard at their haunches-Draw out fifty as far as the mill; if he follows the pursuit too
far, you may perhaps entrap him. (Erit Officer. Scene, a Wood; on one side, a Morass.
[The Second Officer is borne in.
Cap. How now, my young sir, how like you the Two Imperial Troopers meeting.
wolf's jaws ? 1st Imp. What makest thou here ?
2nd Offi. O curse your jokes! The stoutest lance And Imp. I have leave of absence for a little-Ever went to shivers like glass-He is the devil!—He ran since our quarters were beat up last night, I have had upon me as if he had been that moment unchained : by such violent fits of illness that I cannot sit my horse Heaven, you would have thought him a thunderbolt. for a minute.
Cap. Thank God that you have come off at all! 1st Imp. Is the party far advanced?
2nd Offi. There is little to be thankful for; two of 2nd Imp. A good way from the wood.
my ribs are broken-Where's the surgeon? 1st Imp. Then why do you linger here?
(He is carried off
(Ereunt. 2nd Imp. I prithee betray me not, I will to the next village and get something comfortable ; it may help my complaint.—But whence comest thou? 1st Imp. I am bringing our officer some wine and
Scene changes to Jaxthausen. meat from the nearest village.
Enter Goetz and SELBISS. 2nd Imp. So, so! he makes much of himself before our very faces, and we must starve-A fine example ! Goetz. And what say you to this business of the 1st Imp. Come back with me, rascal.
ban, Selbiss ? 2nd Imp. Call me fool then!—There are plenty of
Sel. 'Tis a stroke of Weislingen. our troop that would gladly fast three days to be as Goetz. Thinkest thou? far from it as I am.
Sel. I do not think it-I know it. [Trampling of horses heard. Goetz. How? 1st Imp. Hear'st thou ?-Horses !
Sel. He was at the Diet, I tell thee, and with the 2nd Imp. Alas! - Alas!
Emperor. 1st Imp. I'll get up into this tree.
Goelz. Well, shall we give them another touch to2nd Imp. And I into the marsh.
night? (They hide themselves.
Sel. I hope so.
Goelz. We'll away then to course these hares.
The Imperial camp. [They gallop out. 1st Imp. (descending). This is a business-Michael !
Captain, Officers, and Followers. -He answers not-Michael, they are gone! (Goes towards the marsh. Alas, he is sunk!- Michael ! Cap. This, sirs, is doing nothing. He beats one He hears me not: he is suffocated-Poor coward, art squadron after another; and whoever escapes death thou done for? (Loud alarm and trampling of horses.) or captivity, would rather fly to Turkey tban return We are slain-Enemies! Enemies on all hands! to the camp.-We must attack bim once for all in a
body, and seriously.- I will go myself, and he shall Re-enter GOETZ and GEORGE on horseback.
find with whom he has to do. Goetz. Halt, fellow, or thou diest!
Offi. I am glad of it-But he is so well acquainted Imp. Spare my life!
with the country, and knows every pass and ravine Goctz. Thy sword !-George, carry him to the other so thoroughly, that he will be as difficult to find as prisoners, whom Lerse is guarding behind the wood a mouse in a corn magazine. -I must pursue their fugitive leader. (Erit. Cap. I warrant you we'll manage to find him.-On
Imp. Pray, sir, what is become of the knight, our for Jaxthausen; at all events he inust appear to deofficer ?
fend his castle. Geo. My master threw him head over heels from offi. Shall we all march? his horse, his feather-bush was the first thing reached Cap. Yes, truly-Don't you know that a hundred the mire. His troopers got him up and ran as if the are melted away already? devil drove-March, fellow!
[Exeunt. Offi. Then let us away with speed, before the whole
snowball dissolves; for this is warm work, and we 1st Troop. Your cavaliers fly to the hill. stand here like butter in the sun.
Sel. Hellish cowards!- I would that they stood, (Exeunt-A march sounded. and I had a ball through my head !-Ride one of you
full speed-Curse and thunder them back to the field -Seest thou Goetz ?
[Exit Second Trooper.
Troop. I see the three black feathers in the midst Å Hill and wood.
of the tumult. GOETZ, Selbiss, and Troopers.
Sel. Swim, brave swimmer-I lie here.
Troop. A white plume-Whose is that? Goetz. They come in full force--Seckingen's troopers
Sel. The captain. joined us in good time.
Troop. Goetz gallops upon him-Crash! Down he Sel. We had better divide our force-I will take the
goes! left hand by the hill.
Sel. The captain? Goetz. And do thou, Lerse, carry fifty men straight
Troop. Yes. through the wood on the right-Let them keep the
Sel. Brave! brave! high-road-1 will draw up opposite to them.
Troop. Alas! alas!—I see Goetz no more. George, thou stayest by me-When you see them
Sel. Then die, Selbiss! attack me, then do you fall upon their flanks : we'll
Troop. A dreadful tumult where he stood-George's beat the knaves into mummy-they little think we
blue plume vanishes too. can hold them at the sword's point.
Sel. Climb higher-Seest thou Lerse? [Exeunt.
Troop. No.-Every thing is in confusion !
Sel. No further-come down-How do Seckingen's
men bear themselves ? Scene changes to a neighbouring part of the wood- A high
Troop. So so-One of them flies to the wood-anroad-On one side an eminence with a ruined watchlower"; on the other the forest.
other-another—a whole troop.-Goetz is lost!
Sel. Come down-tell me no more. Enter on march, the Captain of the Imperialists, with
Troop. I cannot-Bravo! bravo! I see Goetz-I officers, and his Squadron--Drums and Standards.
see George, I see Lerse ! Cap. He halts upon the high-road! That's too im Sel. On horseback ? pudent. He shall repent it- What! not to fear the
Troop. Ay, ay, high on horseback-Victory! Victorrent that bursts loose upon him!
tory !—They fly! off. You will not run upon iron pikes! Helooks as Sel. The Imperialists? if he means to plant the first that comes upon him in the Troop. Standard and all, Goetz behind them-He mire with his head downmost-Here let us wait bim. seizes the standard-he has it !-he has it!—A bandCap. Not so.
ful of men with him—My comrade reaches him—they Offi. I entreat you
come this way. Cap. Sound, trumpeter-and let us blow him to heil! [A charge sounded-Exeunt in full career.
Enter Goetz, GEORGE, LERSE, and Cavaliers, on
horseback. SELBISS, with his Troopers, comes from behind the hill galloping.
Sel. Joy to thee, Goetz!-Victory! Victory!
Goetz (dismounting). Dearly, dearly bought ?Sel. Follow me!-Shout-shout! [They gallop across the stage, et exeunt.
Thou art sorely wounded, Selbiss !
Sel. But thou dost live, and hast conquered !-1 Loud alarm-LERSE and his party sally from the wood. have done little; and the dogs my troopers-How
Lerse. Fly to the help of Goetz! He is surround hast thou come off? ed.—Gallant Selbiss, thou hast cut thy way—we will
Goetz. For the present, well. And here I thank sow the high-road with these thistle heads.
George, and thee, Lerse, for my life. I unhorsed (Gallop off. A loud alarm, with shouts the captain—They stabb’d my steed, and broke in and firing for some minutes.
upon me. George hewed his way to me, and sprang Selliss is borne in wounded by two Troopers.
off. I threw myself like lightning on his horse, and
he appeared suddenly like a thunderbolt upon anSel. Leave me here, and hasten to Goetz.
other.-How camest thou by thy steed? 1st Troop. Let us stay-you need our aid.
Geo. A fellow struck at you from behind :-as he Sel. Get one of you on the watchtower, and tell me raised his cuirass in the exertion, I stabbed him with
my dagger. Down he came!-and so I rid you of a 1st Troop. How shall I get up?
backbiter, and helped myself to a horse. 2nd Troop. Get upon my shoulder; you can then Goetz. Then we stuck together till Francis here reach the ruined part.
came to our help; and then we cut our way out. (First Trooper gets up into the tower. Lerse. The hounds whom I led made a good show 1st Troop. Alas! alas !
at first; but when we came to close, they fled like ImScl. What seest thou ?
how it goes.