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justice; and if refused it, he will fire the four cor Sec. So say wembut still thou mayst dwell there, ners of your town within an hour, and abandon it to and keep it for his service till be restores it to thee be plundered by his vassals.
again. Let them wind like eels in the mud, they Goetz. My gallant brother !
shall not escape us !—They will talk of the Imperial Com. Withdraw, Goetz !-(He steps aside. What dignity—of their orders-We'll take that risk upon is to be done ?
ourselves :-I know the Emperor, and have some inMag. Have compassion upon us and our town!- fluence with him-He bas ever wished to have thee Seckingen is inexorable in his wrath—he will keep in his service-Thou will not be long in thy castle ere his vow.
thou art summoned to serve him. Com. Shall we forget what is due to ourselves and Goetz. God grant it ere I forget the use of arms! the Emperor ?
Sec. Valour can never be forgot, as it can never be Cap. Well said, if we had but men to support our learnt. Fear nothing! When once thou art settled, dignity; but as we are, a show of resistance would I will seek the Imperial Court, where my enterprises only make matters worse.-We must gain time. begin to ripen-Good fortune seems to smile on them
Mag. We had better apply to Goetz to speak a good - I want only to sound the Emperor's mind. The word for us-1 feel as the flames were rising already. towns of Triers and Pfalz as soon expect that the sky Com. Let Goetz approach.
should fall, as that I should come down upon their Goetz. What would ye?
heads—But I will come like a storm of hail on the Com. Thou wilt do well to dissuade thy brother-in- unsuspecting traveller; and if I am successful, thou law from his rebellious interference. Instead of res- shalt soon be brother to a prince. I had hoped for cuing thee, he will only plunge thee deeper in des- thy hand in this undertaking. truction, and become the companion of thy fall! Goetz (looks at his hand). O! that explains to me
Goetz (spies Elizabeth at the door, and speaks to the dream I had the morning that I promised Maria her aside). Go-tell him instantly to break in and to Weislingen.-I thought he professed eternal fideforce his way hither, only to spare the town. As for lity, and held my iron hand so fast that it loosened the rascals here, if they oppose him, let him use force; from the arm.-Alas! I am at this moment more there would be no great matter had he a fair pretext belpless, and fenceless, than when it was shot from for knocking them all upon the head.
me. -Weislingen! Weislingen! [Trampling and galloping heard.---All the Ma Sec. Forget the traitor! We will darken his progistrates showing signs of consternation. spects and cross his plans, till shame and remorse
shall gnaw him to death.-I see, I see the downfall of my enemies, of thine-Goetz-only half a-year.
Goetz. Thy soul soars high!—I know not how, but Scene changes to the front of the Council-house, beset by for some time no fair prospects have smiled upon mine Seckingen's Cavaliers.-A Pause.
-I have been in distress—I have been a prisoner ere Enter SECKINGEN and Goetz from the Council-house.
now, hut never before did I experience such a de
pression. Goetz. This was help from Heaven !-How camest Sec. Fortune gives spirits-Come, let us to the pethou so much to our wish, and beyond our hope, riwigs—They have had our conditions long enoughbrother?
we must call for their resolution. Sec. Without witchcraft. I had despatched two
(Exeunt. or three messengers to learn how it fared with thee, and heard from them of this villany-I set out instantly, and now you have the power in your hand. Scene changes to the Palace of Adela-Augsburg. Goetz. I ask nothing but knightly ward upon my
ADELA and Weislingen discovered. parole.
Sec. You are too moderate. Avail yourself of for Adela. This is detestable. tune, which for once has placed worth above malice! Weis. I have gnashed my very teeth—So fair a proThey were doing injustice; we'll greet them with no spect-so well followed out—and at last to leave him kisses for their pains. They have misused the royal in possession of his castle as before !—That damn'd authority, and, if I know the Emperor, he will make Seckingen! thee ample reparation.—You ask too little.
Adela. The Commissioners should not have conGoetz. I have ever been content with little.
sented. Sec. And hence hast thou ever been cut short even Weis. They were in the net-What else could they of that little. My proposal is, that they shall release do? Seckingen, the haughty and furious chief, thunyour servants, and permit you all to return to your dered fire and sword at their ear. I hate him-His castle upon your parole—not to leave it till the Em- power waxes like a mountain torrent-let it but gain peror's pleasure be known-You will be safer there two brooks, and others come pouring to its aid. than here.
Adela. Have they no emperor? Goetz. They will say my property is escheated to Weis. My dear wife-Old and feeble : he is only the Emperor.
the shadow of what he should be-When he heard
what was done, and I proposed to lead the readiest Fran. It is your pleasure that I should pine away forces in his service against them: “Let them be!" and waste the fairest years of hope in agonizing despair. said he; “I can spare my old Goetz his little fortress, Adela (aside). I pity him-Be of good courage, and if he confines bimself to it, of what can you com- youth! I feel thy love and truth, and will not be unplain?”–We spoke of the welfare of the state:“0,” grateful. said he, “that I had rejected every advice which Fran. (sorrowfully.) Ere you can resolve to sucpushed me to sacrifice the peace of an individual to cour me, I shall be gone from you-Heaven! And my own ambition !
there boils not a drop of blood in my veins but what Adela. He has lost the very spirit of a prince! is your own-I have not even a feeling but to love
Weis. We broke loose against Seckingen—"He is and to serve you! my faithful servant,” said he; “for if he has not acted Adela. My dear Francis ! by my express order, he has performed what I would Fran. You flatter me—(Bursts into lears). Does have wished better than my plenipotentiaries, and I this attachment deserve only to be sacrificed to another can ratify what he has done as well after as before?” -only to see all your thoughts fixed upon Charles ?
Adela. 'Tis enough to make one tear one's very flesh! Adela. You know not what you wish, and yet less
Weis. Yet I have not entirely renounced hope. what you speak. Goetz has given his parole to remain quiet in bis Fran. (stamping betwixt remorse and rage.) No castle—'Tis an impossibility for him to keep his pro more will I be your slave, your go-between! mise, and we shall soon have some new subject of Adela. Francis, you forget yourself. complaint.
Fran. To sacrifice at once myself and my beloved Adela. 'Tis the more likely, as we may hope that miasterthe old Emperor will soon leave the world, and Adela. Go from my sight! Charles, his gallant successor, promises to bear a Fran. Gracious lady! princely mind.
Adela. Go, betray to thy beloved master the secret Weis. Charles!-He is neither chosen nor rowned of my soul!-Fool that I was! I thought thee what king of the Romans.
thou art not. Adela. Who does not expect and hope that event? Fran. Dear lady! you know not how I love thee.
Weis. You speak so warmly that one might think Adela. And thou, whom I thought my friend--so you saw him with partial eyes.
near my heart-go, betray me. Adela. You injure me, Weislingen. For what do Fran. Rather would I tear the heart from my body! you take me?
-Forgive me, gentle lady! my heart is too full, my Weis. I do not mean to offend--but I cannot be senses forsake me. silent upon the subject-Charles's very unusual at Adela. Thou dear, hot-headed boy! tentions to thee distress me.
[She takes him by both hands, and draws him Adela. And do I receive them as if
towards her. He throws himself weeping Weis. Thou art a woman and no woman hates a
upon her neck. flatterer.
Adela. Leave me! Adela. This from you!
Fran. (his voice choked by tears.) God! God! Weis. It cuts me to the heart the dreadful thought,
Adela. Leave me!-Walls are traitors-Leave me! Adela!
—(Breaks from him.) Be but steady in faith and love, Adela. Can I not cure thee of this folly?
the fairest reward is thy own.
[Erit. Weis. When thou wilt-Thou canst leave the Court.
Fran. The fairest reward! Let me but live till Adela. By what way or pretence ? Thou art here
that moment-I could murder my father, were he an -Must I leave thee and all my friends, to shut myself
obstacle to its arrival !
[Erit. up with owls in your desolate castle? No, Weislingen, that will never do; set thy heart at ease, thou knowest I love thee.
Scene changes to Jaxthausen. Weis. That is the sheet anchor while the cable holds !
GOETZ seated at a table with writing materials. ELIZAAdela. Takest thou it so? It is in vain. The
BETH sits beside him with her work. undertakings of my bosom are too great to brook thy Goetz. This idle life does not suit me. My impriinterruption. Charles-the great, the gallant Charles sonment becomes daily more painful; I would I could -the future emperor-shall be be the only man not sleep, or amuse myself with trisling. Dattered to obey my power? Think not, Weislingen, Eliz. Continue writing the memoirs thou hast to prevent it-Soon shalt thou to earth, if my way lies commenced of thy own deeds. Give thy friends eviover thee !
dence under thy hand to put thy enemies to shame; Enter FRANCIS. He gives a letter.
make thy noble neighbours acquainted with thy real
character. Adela. Hadst thou it from Charles's own hand ? Goetz. Alas! writing is but busy idleness;
it comes Fran. Yes.
slowly on with me. While I write what I have done, Adela. What ails thee? - Thou look'st mournful! I lament the misspent time in which I might do more.
Eliz. (takes the writing.) Thou art now at thy first
ACT V. imprisonment, at Heilbron. Goetz. That was always an unlucky place to me.
Scene, a Village plundered by the Insurgent Peasantry. Eliz. (reads.) “One of the confederates told me, that I had acted foolishly in espousing the cause of Shrieks and tumult. Women, old Men, and Children fly my very worst foes; but that I might be of good
across the Stage. checr, for I should be honourably dealt by."-And
Old Man. Away! away! fly from the murdering dogs. what didst thou answer? Write on.
Woman. Sacred Heaven! How blood-red is the Goetz. I said, Have I so often risked my life for heaven! how blood-red the rising sun! the goods and gold of others, and should I not do so
Another. 'Tis fire! for the sake of my knightly word?
A Third. My husband! my husband! Eliz. Thus does fame speak of thee.
Old Man. Away! away!—To the wood ! Goetz. They shall not rob me of this honour. They
(Exeunt. have taken from me all-property-liberty
Enter LINK, and Insurgents. Eliz. I happened once to stand in an inn near the
Link. Whoever opposes you, down with him! Let Lords of Millenberg and Singlingen, who knew me
none of the booty be left-Plunder clean and quicknot—Then I experienced rapture as at the birth of We must soon set firemy firstborn : they extolled thee to each other, and said, He is the mirror of knighthood, noble and mer
Enter MEZLER coming down the hill. ciful in prosperity, dauntless and true in misfortune. Mez. How goes it, Link ?
Goelz. Let them show me where I have preferred Link. Look round; you are in at the death—From my interest to my honour. God knows, my ambi- whence? tion has ever been to labour for my neighbour as for Mez. From Weinsberg.There was a feast! myself, and to acquire the fame of a gallant and ir Link. How? reproachable knight, rather than princedoms or power; Mez. We stabbed them all, in such heaps it was a and, God be praised! I have gained the meed of my joy to see it! labour.
Link. All whom?
Mez. Ditrich von Weiler led up the dance—There
was sport for thee! We were all in a raging heap Goetz. Good luck to my gallant huntsmen! round the church steeple. He looked out and wished
Geo. Such are we become from gallant cavaliers, to treat with us—Baf!-a ball through his head-Up Boots can be cut down into buskins.
we rushed like a tempest, and the fellow soon made Lerse. The chase is always something—'Tis an his exit by the window. image of war.
Link. Huzza! Geo. Yes—if we were not always crossed by these Mez. (lo the Peasants.) Ye dogs, must I find you Imperial gamekeepers. Don't you recollect, my Lord, legs? How they gape and loiter, the asses! how you prophesied we should become huntsmen Link. Burn away!-Kill and roast them in the when the world mended? We are become so, with Names! Out with your knives ! out any great chance of the other event.
Mez. Then we brought out Helfenstein, EltershoGoetz. What goes on without?—We are cooped fen, thirteen of the nobility-in all eighty. What up here in a circle.
a shouting and jubilee among our boys as they broke Geo. These are mark-worthy times !—For eight loose upon the long row of miserable rich sinners. days a horrible conet has been seen-all Germany Heaven and earth! how they struggled and stared on fears that it denotes the death of the Emperor, who each other!-We surrounded them, and killed every is very ill.
soul with pikes. Goetz. Ill?_Our weal then is at an end.
Link. Why was not I there? Lerse. And in the neighbourhood here are shock Mez. Never did I see such fun! ing commotions; the peasants have made a formi Link. On! on !-Bring all out! dable insurrection.
Peasant, All's clear! Goetz. Where?
Link. Then fire the place at the four corners. Lerse. In the heart of Swabia; they plunder, burn, Mez. 'Twill make a fine bonfire !-Hadst thou seen and slay. I fear me they will sack the whole country. how the fellows writhed in a heap, and croaked like
Geo. It is a horrible warfare!—They have already frogs! It warmed my heart like a cup of brandy. arisen in a hundred places, and daily increase in num There was one Rexinger there, a fellow that, when ber.' A burricane too has lately torn up whole fo- he went to hunt with his white plume and his flaxen rests; and in the place where the insurrection began, locks, used to drive us before him like dogs, and with have been seen in the sky two fiery swords crossing dogs. I had not seen him all the while, when sudeach other.
denly his droll visage look’d me full in the faceGoetz. God preserve my poor friends and neigh- Push! went the spear between his ribs—and there he bours !
lay stretched all-fours above his companions. The Geo. Alas! that we dare not ride out! [Exeunt. fellows tumbled over each other, like the hares that
were driven together at their grand hunting parties. upon thee! I will be thy witness and thy surety
Link. It smokes already! [The village burns. against the han. The princes will be grateful; all Ger
Mez. All's in flames !—Come, let us with the booty many will thank thee—Thou mayst persuade them to to the main body; it halts betwixt this and Heilbron. peace; the country and its inhabitants will be saved. They wish to choose a captain whom every one will Goetz. Why dost thou not take it thyself? respect, for we are but equals ;—they feel it, and turn Slums. They have excused me. restive.
kohl. We have no time for dallying and useless Link. Whom do they think of ?
speeches—Short and good !-Goetz, be our chief, or Mez. Maximilian Stumf, or Goetz of Berlichingen. look to thy castle and thy head!—Take two hours to
Link. That's well. "Twould give the thing credit consider of it. should Goetz accept it. He has been ever held a Goetz. To wbat purpose ? I am resolved now as I worthy independent knight. Away, away! Draw shall be then.—Why are ye risen up in arms? If to together!—We march towards Heilbron.
recover your rights and freedom, why do you lay Mez. The fire will light us on our way. Hast thou waste the land ?—Will you abstain from such evil seen the great comet?
doings, and deal as men who know what they want? Link. Yes—It is a dreadful gliastly sign!-As we —then will I be your chief for eight days, and help marched by night we saw it well:it went towards Eins. you in your lawful and orderly demands.
Mez. —And was visible for an hour and a quarter, Wild. What was done was done in the first heat, like an arm brandishing a sword, and bloody red ! and we only needed thy prudence to have prevented it.
Link. Didst thou mark the three stars at the sword's Kohl. Thou must be ours at least for a quarter of hilt and point?
a year. Mez. —And the broad black clouds, illuminated by Stumf. Say four weeks—that will satisfy both. a thousand thousand streamers like lances and little Goetz. Well, then, as far as regards me swords?
Kohl. -And we agree! Link. I saw it well—and beneath a pale white, Goetz. But you must promise to send the treaty crossed with fiery ruddy flames, and annong them you have made with me in writing to all your troops, grisly figures with shaggy hair and beards.
and to punish infringers. Mez. Did you see them, too ?— And how they all Wild. Well-it shall be done. swam about as if in a sea of blood, and struggled ail Goetz. Then I bind myself to you for four weeks. in confusion, enough to drive one mad.
Slumf. Good !—in what thou doest, take care of Link. Away! away!
our noble lord the Palsgrave. [Exeunt.
Kohl (aside). Watch that none speak to him without our knowledge.
Goetz. Lerse, go to my wife—Stay with her-you
shall soon have news of me.
(Exeunt GOETZ, GEORGE, LERSE,
and some peasants.
Enter MEZLER, LINK, and their followers.
Link. It is shameful to make any such bargain. heart.
Kohl. We know as well what to do as you; and Kohl. We knew well thou wouldst have some
will do or let alone as we please. evasion.
Wild. This raging, and burning, and murdering Enter GEORGE, LERSE, and GOETZ.
must have an end one day sooner or later, and by re
nouncing it just now, we gain a brave leader. Goetz. What would ye with me?
Mez. How!-An end ?- Thou traitor! why are we Kohl. You must be our captain.
here but to avenge ourselves on our enemies, and enGoetz. I am under ban; I cannot quit my territory. rich ourselves at their expense? Some slave of the Wild. That's no excuse.
nobles has been tampering with thee. Goelz. And were I free, and you dealing with the Kohl. Come, Wild, he is mad. lords and nobles as you did at Weinsberg, and ra
(Exeunt Wild and KOHL. vaging and plundering the whole land, and should Mez. Ay, go your way-few bands will stick by request me to be an abettor of your shameless raving you. The villains !-Link, we'll set on our friends doings-rather than be your captain, you should slay here to burn Miltenberg instantly; and when they me like a mad dog!
make a bustle about the treaty, we'll cut their heads Kohl. That should not be done, were it to do again. off that made it.
Slumf. That's the very misfortune, that they have Link. We bave the great body of peasants still on no leader whom they honour, and who may bridle their fury! I beseech thee, Goetz, take that office
(Exeunt with Insurgents.
Eliz, Thou art an affectionate advocate. Should A Hill, and prospect of the country. In the flat scene a Mill. they take him prisoner, deal with him as a rebel, and A body of Horsemen ready to mouni.
bring his grey hairs--Lerse, I could run mad!
Lerse. Send sleep to refresh her body, dear Father WEISLINGEN comes out of the Mill, followed by FRANCIS
of mankind, if thou deniest comfort to her soul! and a Courier.
Eliz. George promised to bring news—but he will Weis. My horse !—Have you told it to the other not dare attempt it.—They are worse than prisoners. nobles ?
-Well I know they are watched like enemies. The Cour. At least seven standards will meet you in gallant boy! he would not quit bis master. the wood behind Miltenberg. The peasants bend Lerse. The very heart within me bled as I left him. their course that way. Couriers are despatched in -Had you not needed my help, all the dangers of every direction to summon all your confederates. grisly death should not have separated us. Our plan cannot fail, for they say there is division Eliz. I know not where Seckingen is.—Could I
but send a message to Maria! Weis. The better.-Francis !
Lerse. Do you write :- I will provide for that. Fran. Gracious sir.
(Exeunt. Weis. Discharge thy errand punctually-I bind it upon thy soul. Give her the letter-She must from the court to my castle-instantly.—Thou must see
A Villuge. her departure, and send me notice of it.
Enter GOETZ and GEORGE. Fran. Your commands shall be obeyed.
Weis. Tell her she shall go.—(To the Courier.) Carry Goetz. To horse, George!--Quick !--I see Miltenus the nearest and best road.
berg burn- Is it thus they keep the treaty ?--Ride to Cour. We must go round; all the rivers are up them—Tell them my purpose.—The murderous inwith the late dreadful rains.
cendiaries—I renounce them-Let them make a very (Exeunt. ruffian their captain, not me.- Quick, George! (Eril
GEORGE.)—Would I were a thousand miles from
hence, though I were at the bottom of the deepest Jaxthausen.
dungeon in Turkey!—Could I but come off with ho
nour from them!—I have contradicted them through ELIZABETH and LERSE.
the whole day, and told them the bitterest truths, Lerse. Gracious lady, be comforted!
that they might be weary of me and let me go. Eliz. Alas! Lerse, the tears stood in his eyes as he
Enter an Unknown. took leave of me.—It is dreadful, dreadful! Lerse. He will soon return.
Un. God greet you, gallant sir! Eliz. It is not that.-- When he went to wage ho Goetz. I thank you !-Your name? nourable war, never did his danger sit so heavy at my Un. It is not necessary. I come to tell you that heart-I then rejoiced at his return, which now I fear. your life is in danger— The insurgents are weary of Lerse. So noble a man
receiving from you such barsh language, and are reEliz. Call bim not so—There lies the new misery. solved to rid themselves of you-Lower your tone, The miscreants !—they threatened to murder his fa- or endeavour to escape from them; and God be with mily and burn the castle. Should he return, gloomy, you!
(Exit. gloomy is the prospect. His enemies will raise scan Goetz. In this way to lead thy life, Goetz! and dalous falsehoods in accusation against him, which thus to end it!—But be it so—My death will be the he never can disprove.
clearest proof to the world that I had nothing in Lerse. He will, and can.
common with the miscreants. Eliz. He has broken his ban :-Canst thou say No? Lerse. No!-he was constrained; and where is
Enter Insurgents. there reason to condemn him?
1st In. Captain, they are prisoners-they are slain! Eliz. Malice seeks not reasons, but pretexts. He Goetz. Who? has joined himself to rebels, malefactors, and mur 2nd In. They who burned Meltenberg-A troop of derers :-has become their chief. Say No to that. confederated cavalry rushed on them from behind the
Lerse. Cease to torture yourself and me. They hill, and overpowered them at once. have solemnly sworn to abjure all such doings as at Goetz. They have their reward—o George! George! Weinsberg. Did not I myself hear them say, in — They have found him among the caitiffs—My George! half remorse, that had not that been done already it
my George! should never have been done? Must not the princes
Enter Insurgents in confusion. and nobles return him their best thanks for having undertaken the dangerous office of leading these un Link. Up, sir captain, up!-Here is no dallying ruly people, in order to restrain their rage, and to time—The enemy is near, and in force. save their lives and lands?
Goetz. Who burned Meltenberg?