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GOETZ OF BERLICHINGEN,

WITH TIE IRON HAND.

DRAMATIS PERSONA.

MAXIMILIAN, Emperor of Germany.

| MEZLER, Goetz von BERLICHINGEN, a Free Knight of the SIEVERS, Empire.

LINK, Leaders of the Insurgent Peasantry. ELIZABETH, his Wife.

Коні, MARIA, his Sister.

WILD, CHARLES, his Son--a Boy.

Tico Merchants of Nuremberg. GEORGE, his Page.

Magistrates of Hielbron. Bishop of Bamberg.

MAXIMILIAN STUMF, a Vassal of the Palsgrave ADELBERT VON WEIslingen, a Free German Knight An Unknown. of the Empire.

Bride's Father, ADELA VON WALLDORF, Widow of the Count of Bride,

Peasants. Walldorf.

Bridegroom,
LEIBTRAUT, á Courtier of the Bishop's.

Gipsy Captain.
Abbot of Fuldah, residing at the Bishop's court. Gipsy Mother and Women.
OLEARICS, a Doctor of Laus.

Sticks and Wolf, Gipsies.
Brother MARTIN, a Monk.

Imperial Captain. HANS Vox Selbiss,

} FRANCIS vox SECKINGEN,

Free Knights, in alli- Imperial Officers.

ance with Goetz, Innkeeper LERSE, a Caralier.

Sentinel. FRANCIS, Squire to Weislingen.

Serjeant-at-arms. Female Altendant on Adela.

Imperial Soldiers-- Troopers belonging to Goetz, President, Accuser, and Avenger of the Secret to Sclbiss, to Seckingen, and to WeislingenTribunal

Peasants- Gipsies-- Judges of the Secret Tri Imperial Commissioners.

bunal-Jailers-Courtiers, foc. doc. doc.

SCENE I.

ACT I.

Mez. God bless him! a worthy nobleman.

Sier. Only think! Was it noi shameful? They

have now imprisoned a page of his, even without An Inn at Schwarzenberg in Franconia.

the least crime-but they will be soon mauled for

that. MEZLER and Sievers, two Sidabian Peasants, are Mez. How stupidly the last enterprise misgave!

seated at a table--At the fire, at some distance The Priest would have been in a furious chafe. from them, two Cavaliers from Bamberg--The Sier. I do not believe it was owing to negligenceInnkeeper.

Look you, all had been discovered by Goetz spies; Siev. Hansel! Another cup of brandy-and Chris- we had the very best intelligence when the Bishop can measure.

would come from the baths, with how many attendInnk. Thou art a Never-enough.

| ants, and which way; and, had it not been betrayed Mez. (apart to Siercrs.) Repeat again that about by some false brother, Goetz would have blessed his Berlichingen-These Bambergers seem to take of bath for him. fence; they look sulky.

| Bam. What are you prating there about our Siev. Bambergers ! - What are they about here? Bishop? I think you seek a scutlle. Mez. Weislingen has been two days up yonder at

Siev. Mind your own mallers; you have nothing the castle with the Earl-they came with him from to do with our iable. I know not where; they are his attendants -He is

2 Bam. Who taught you to speak disrespectfully about to return back to Bamberg.

of our Bishop ? Sicv. Who is that Weislingen?

Siev. Am I to answer your questions?-Only Mez. The Bishop of Bamberg's right hand! a

mind the gluttons-[ The i Bamherger strikes him powerful lord, who lies lurking for the means of

a bor on the car. playing Goetz some trick.

Mez. Fell the hound dead. Siev. He had better take care of himself.

2 Bum. Here! if you dareMez. Prithee tell that story once more. (Aloud.)

{ They fall upon each other; a scuffle. How long is it since Goetz had a new dispute with

Innk. (separating them.) Will you remain quiet! the Bishop? I thought all had been reconciled and Zonnds! Get out of the house if you have anything smoothed up between them.

to do together: in this place I will have order and Siev. Ay! Reconciliation with Priests !-When decency. (He gets the Bamberg Cacaliers out at the Bishop saw he could do no good, and always the door.) - And what did you want, ye asses? got the worse at hard blows, he complained to the

Mcz. No bad names, Hansel! your glasses may Circle, and took care to make a good accommoda- suffer. Come, comrade, we'll go and have the tion ; while honest Berlichingen was condemned game out. unheard, as he always is, even when he has the

Enter tro Cavaliers. ight.

1 Cav. What's the matter?

Siev. Ah! Good day, Peter !-Good day, Beta !--1-O this time, this time! I will only skulk behind; From whence?

just peep at a side-I will gather up all the shot ar 2 Cav. (making signs.) You understand, not to rows for you. mention whom we serve.

Goetz. The next time, George !-You must first Sico. Is your master Goetz far from this at pre- have a proper dress; a hauberk, and a lance. seni?

Geo. Take me with you !-Had I been with you i Cnr. Hold your peace !-Have you had a quarrel? last time, you would not have lost your crossbow.

Siev. You must have met the fellows without Goetz. Do you know that ? they are Bambergers,

Geo. You threw it at your antagonist's head; one i Cav. What brings them here?

of his squires picked it up, and ran off with it.Siev. They attend Weislingen, who is above with Don't I know it? the Earl at the Castle.

Goetz. Did my people tell you so? I Cav. Weislingen?

Gco. O yes: and for doing so, I play them all sorts 2 Car. (aside to his companion.) Peter, we have of tunes on the fife while they dress ihe horses, and found the game.--How long has hé been here? teach them such charming songs

Mez. Two days—but he goes off to-day, as I heard Goetz. Thou art a brave boy. one of the rascals say.

Geo. Take me with you to prove myself so. 1 Cav. (aside.) Did I not tell thee he was here? Goetz. The next time, on my word !- Thou must We have now no time to spare-Come

not go to battle unarmed as thou art-Besides, the Siev. Help us first to drub the Bambergers. approaching hour requires men. I tell thee, my boy,

2 Car. There are already two of you-We must it will be a dear time-Princes shall beg their trea. away--Adiju!

(Exeunt both Caraliers. sure from a man they hate. Go, George, give Hans Siev. Flinching dogs, these troopers! They won't his armour again, and bring me wine.-(Exit figli a stroke without pay.

GEORGE.)-Where can my people stay ?--It is in. Mez. I could swear they have something on comprehensible !-A monk!-What brings him hand.--Whom do they serve?

here? (Enter Brother MARTIN) Worthy father, Siev. I should hardly tell - They serve Goetz. good evening! Whither so late? Though a man of

Mez. Su !-Well, now will we out upon these sacred peace, thou shamest many knighis. dogs-While I have a quarterstaff, I care not for Mar. Thanks, noble sir !-I stand before you an their spits.

unworthy brother of the order of St. Augustin; my Siev. If we durst but once drub their masters so, christened name Martin, from the holy saint. who drag the skin over our ears! (Ereunt. Goetz. You are tired, brother Martin, and without

doubt thirsty. (Enter George with wine.) Here, SCENE II.

in good time, comes wine!

Mar. For me a draught of water. I dare drink Scene changes to the front of a Cottage in a thick

no wine. Forest.

Goetz. Is it against your vow? GOETZ DE BERLICHINGEN discovered walking among Mar. Noble sir, to drink wine is not against my the trees before the door.

vow; but because wine when drunken is against Goetz. Where linger my servants ?-I must walk my vow, therefore I drink it not. up and down, or sleep will overcome me- Five days

Goetz. How do you mean? and nights already upon the watch- But freedom

Mar. When thou hast eaten and drunken, thou gives relish to this mode of life; and when I have art as it were new born-stronger, bolder, apter for thee, Wei-lingen, I may have some rest.-(F'ills a

action. After wine thou art double what thou glass of wine and drinks ; looks at the task.) shouldst be ! -twice as ingenious, iwice as enterpriAgain empty. - George !-While this and my con

sing, and twice as active. rage last, I can laugh at their principalities and

Goetz. True-1 feel it so. powers ! -They send round their favourile Weislin

Mar. Therefore shouldst thou drink it-but we gen to their uncles and cousins to calumniate my

(George brings water. Goetz speaks to hin character-Very well-I am awake.- Thou didst

apart. escape me, Bishop; but thy dear Weislingen may with thy ear to the earth, and listen for the tread of

Goetz. Go to the road from Darbach ; lie down pay the score.-George!-Does the boy not hear ?George! George!

horses. Return immediately. (George goes out.

Mar. But we, on the other hand, when we have Enter GEORGE, endeavouring to put off the corslet eaten and drunken, are the reverse of what we of a full-grown man.

should be. Our sleepy digestion depresses our menGoetz. What kept thee? Wert thou asleep ?– tal powers ; in a weak body such sloth excites de What masquerade is this, in the devil's name? sires, which increase with the cause which proCome hither; thou dost not look amiss. Don't be duced them. ashamed, boy; thou art gallant. Ah! if thou couldst Goetz. One glass, brother Martin, will not set but fill it! Is it Hans's cuirass ?

you asleep. You have come far to-day-(Helps him Geo. He wished to sleep a little, and unclasped it. I to uinc.)--Here's to all warriors! Goetz. He is more delicate than his master.

Mar. In God's name ! -I cannot defend idle peoGoco. Do not be angry! I took it gently away and ple-yet all monks are not idle; they do what they put it on, and took my father's old sword froin the can: I am just come from St. Bede, where I slept wall, and sallied out to the madow

last night. The Prior carried me into their garden, Goetz. And laid about you ?-Fine work among where they had raised beans, excellent sallad, cabthe brambles and thorns !- Is Hans asleep ? bages to a wish, and such cauliflowers and arti

Gco. He started up and cried to me when you chokes as you will hardly find in Europe. called-I was trying to unclasp it when I heard you Goetz. That is no part of your business? (Goes twice or thrice.

out and looks anxiously after the boy. Returns. Gjetz. Go take back his cuirass to him, and tell Mar. Would God had made me a gardener, or him to be ready with the horses.

some other labourer, I might then have been happy! Geo. I have fed them and rubbed them well My Abbot loves me; the convent is involved in bu. down : they may come out when you will.

siness; he knows I cannot rest idle, and so he sends Goetz. Bring me a stoup of wine. Give Hans a me to manage what is to be done: I go to the Bishop glass, and tell him to be merry--there is good cause; of Constance. expect the return of my scouts every moment. Guetz. Another glass--A happy expedition ! Geo. Ah! Inighty sir!

Mar. The like Goetz. What's the matter with thee ?

Goetz. Why do you look at me so fixedly, broGeo. May I not go along ?

ther? Goetz. Another ume, George! When we are in Mar. I was admiring your armour. Cercepting merchants and plundering wagons Goetz. Would you have liked a suit ? It is heave

Geo. Another time!-You have said that so often. I and toilsome to bear.

Mar. What is not toilsome in this world ?-But | Enter Peter and the other Cavalier. They speak what so much so as to renounce our very nature !

apart with GOETZ. Poverty, chastity, obedience--three vows, each of

Mar. (going on.). I shall never forget his words which singly is dreadful to humanity-united, insup in the most noble, the most unreserved confidence portable; and to spend a lifetime under this burden, in God: "If I had twelve hands, what would they or to pant comfortless under the depressing load of avail me without his grace? then may I with only an oflended conscience-Ah! Sir Knight, what are

one and heaven to friend". the toils of your lite compared to the sorrows of a Goetz. In the wood of Haslach too? (Returns to state, which, from a misinterpreted notion of the Martin.) Farewell, worthy brother? Deity, condemns as crimes even those actions and

Mar. Forget me not, as I shall never forget thee! desires through which we Xist.

[Exeunt Goetz and his Troopers. Goetz. Were your vow less sacred, I would give Mar. The sight of him touched my heart-He you a suit of armour and a steed, and we should go spoke not, and my spirit sunk under his-Yet it is a togetlier.

pleasure to have seen a great man, Mar. Would to heaven my shoulders had strength

Geo. Worthy sir, you will sleep here? to bear harness, and my arm to unhorse an enemy! Mar. Can I have a bed ? Poor weak hand, accustomed to swing censers, to Geo. No, sir! I know a bed only by hearsay; in bear crosses and banners of peace, how couldst our lodgings there is but straw. thou manage the lance and falchion ? My voice,

Mar. It will serve. What is thy name? tuned only io Aves and Halleluiahs, would be a he Geo. George, sir. rald of my weakness to a superior enemy; other Mar. George !-Thou hast a gallant patron-saint. wise should no vows keep me from entering an or

Geo. They say he was a knight; that would I der founded by the Creator himself.

like to be! Goetz. To our happy return !

[Drinks. Mar. Stop! (Takes a picture from his breviary, Mur. I pledge you upon your account only! Re- and gives it to the Page.) There thou hast himturn 10 my prison must be to me ever unhappy: follow his example; be brave, and fear God. When you, Sir Knight, return to your walls with

(Exit into the cottage. the consciousness of your strength and gallantry, which no fatigue can diminish; when you, for the but one like that and the gilded armour-There is

Geo. Ah! what a charming gray steed!- If I had first time, after a long absence, stretch yourself un

an ugly dragon-At present I shoot nothing but armed upon your bed, secure from the attack of ene- sparrows. 0 St. George! make me but tall and mies, and give yourself up to a sleep, sweeter than strong; give me a lance, armour, and a horse, and the draught after thirst-then can I speak of hap- then let the dragon come against me when it will. piness.

(Erit. Goetz. And accordingly it comes but seldom ! Mar. But when it does come, it is a foretaste of

SCENE III. paradise. When you return back laden with hos- An Apartment in Jarthausen, the Castle of Goetz ile spoils, and tell, “ Such a one I struck from his

of Berlichingen. horse ere he could discharge his piece-such another I overthrew, horse and man;" then you ride your

ELIZABETH, MARIA, and CHARLES, discovered. Castle around, and

Char. Pray now, dear aunt, tell me again that Goetz. What mean you ?

story of the good child ; it is so prettyMar. And your wife-(Fills a glass.)-To the

Maria. Do you tell it to me, little rogue! that I health of your lady! You have one?

may see if you pay attention. Goetz. A virtuous, noble wife!

Char. Wait then ul I think "There was once Mar. Well for him who can say so; his life is upon”-Yes--" There was once upon a time a child, doubled. The blessing was denied for me, yet was and his mother was sick; so the child went'. it the finishing crown of creation. (He wipes his eyes.

Maria. No, no!-" Then said his mother"Goetz. (aside.) I grieve for him. The sense of

Char. "I am sick”his situation chills his heart.

Maria. “And cannot go out;"-

Char. And gave bim money, and said, Go and Erter George, breathless.

buy yourself a breakfast." Geo. My Lord, my Lord, horses at the gallop !

Maria. “The child went. There met him an old two of them-They for certain

man that was''--Now Charles ! Goetz. Bring out my steed; let Hans mount. Char. -" that was-old"Farewell, dear brother !--Be cheerful and duteous; Maria. Indeed !-"that was not able to walk, God will give space for exertion.

and said, Dear child"Mar. Let me request your name,

Char. -"give me something; I have eat not a Goetz. Pardon me-Farewell !

morsel yesterday or to-day. Then the child gave

(Gives his left hand. him the money, Mar. Why the left ?---Am I unworthy of the Maria. -"ihat should have bought his breakknightly right hand ?

fast." Goctz. Were you the Emperor, you must be satis Char. "Then said the old man"fied with this. My right hand, though not useless Miria. " Then the old man took the child by the in combat, is unresponsive to the grasp of affection. hand"-It is one with its mail'd gauntlet-You see, it is Char. -"by the hand, and said-and became a iron!

fine beautiful saint-and said"Mar. Then art thou Goetz of Berlichingen. I Moria. "Dear child! the sacred Virgin rewards thank thee, Heaven, who hast shown me the man thee for thy benevolence through me: whatever sick whom princes hate, but 10 whom the oppressed person thou touchest" throng! Let me kiss this hand, let me kiss it.

Char. --" with the hand" -It was the right Goetz. You must not!

hand, I think. Mar. Let me, let me - Thou hand, more worth Maria. Yes. than the relic through which the most sacred blood Char. he will immediately become well." has flowed! dead though they seemest, thou livest Maria. "Then the child went home, and coula a witness of the noblest confidence in God. not speak for joy'' –

(Goetz adjusts his helmet, and takes his lance. Char. and fell upon his mother's neck and Mar. There was a monk among us about a year, wept.". who visited you when your hand was shot of be Maria. "Then the mother cried, What's the mat. fore Landshut. How he used to tell us what you ter with me? and became''. suffered, and your grief at being disabled for your

became-became"profession of arms; till you heard of one who had Maria. You do not mind-"and became well. also lost a hand, and yet served long a gallant And the child cured kings and emperors, and boknight. I shall never forget it.

came su rich that he built a great abbey.'

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Char. -_-"

80oner.

Eliz. I cannot understand why my husband Maria. My heart shudders in my bosom. stays. He has been away five days and nights, Peter. My comrade and I threw ourselves gud. and he expected to have done his business much denly on him, and clung to him as if we were one

body, while my master and others fell upon the Maria. I am very uneasy about it. Were I mar servants. They were all taken, except one who es. ried to a man who ever incurred such danger, I caped. should die the first day.

Eliz. I am curious to see him--Will they come Eliz. Therefore I thank God, who has made me

soon ? of harder stuff!

Peter. Immediately—They are riding over the hill. Char. But must my father always ride out, when Maria. He will be cast down and dejected. it is so dangerous?

Peter. He looks gloomy enough. Maria. Such is his good pleasure.

Maria. The sight of his distress will grieve me! Eliz. Indeed he must, dear Charles !

Eliz. 0! I must get food ready-You must be all Char. Why?

hungry. Eliz. Do you not remember the last time he rode Peter. Right hungry, truly. out, when he brought you these fine things?

Eliz. Take the cellar keys, and draw the best Char. Will he bring me any thing now?

wine-You have deserved the best. Eliz. I believe so. Listen : There was a poor Char. I'll go with aunt. man at Stutgard who shot excellently with the bow, Maria. Come then, you rogue ! and gained a prize from the magistrates

(Ereunt ('HARLES and MARIA. Char. How much?

Peter. He'll never be his father-At his years he Eliz. A hundred dollars ;-and afterwards they was in the stablewould not pay him. Maria, That was base, Charles.

Enter Goetz, WEISLINGEN, Hans, and other Ca. Char. Shabby people!

raliers, as from horseback. Eliz. The poor man came to your father, and be Goetz, ('aying his helmet and sword on a table.) sought him to help him to his money; then your Unclasp my armour, and give me my doublet-Ease father rode out and intercepted two convoys of mer will reiresh me.-- Brother Martin said well-You chandise, and plagued them till they paid the mo have put us out of wind, Weislingen! ney.-Would not you have ridden out too ?

[WEISLINGEN answers nothing, but paces up and Char. No-For one must go through thick woods,

doun. where there are gipsies and witches

Goetz. Be of good heart !--Come, unarm yourself! Eliz. You little rogue !--Afraid of witches! -Where are your clothes ?-Not lost, I hope, in the

Maria. You are right, Charles !-Live at home in scuffle ?--( To the attendants.) Go, ask his seryour castle, like a quiet Christian knight--One may vants; open the trunks, and see that nothing is do a great deal of good out of one's own fortune. missing.-Or I can lend you some of mine. These redressers of wrongs do more harın than good Ileis. Let me remain as I am-It is all one. by their interference.

Goetz. I can give you a handsome clean doublet, Eliz. Sister, you know not what you are saying, but it is only of linen-It has grown 100 little for God grant our boy may turn brave as he grows up, me- I had it on at the marriage of the Lord Falsand pull down that Weislingen, who has dealt so grave, when your Bishop was so incensed at me.faithlessly wiih my husband!

About a fortnight before I had sunk two of his ves. Maria. We cannot agree in this, Eliza-My bro- sels upon the Maine-I was going up stairs to the ther is highly incensed, and thou art so also ; but I venison in the inn at Heidelberg, with Francis of am cooler in the business, and can be less inveterate. Seckingen. Before you get quite up, there is a Eliz. Weislingen cannot be defended.

landing place with iron-rails-there stood the Bish. Maria. Whai I have heard of him has pleased op, and gave Frank his hand as he passed, and the me-Even thy husband speaks him good and affec- like to me that was close behind him. I laughed in tionate-How happy was their youth when they my sleeve, and went to the Landgrave of Hanall

, were both pages of honour to the Margrave! who was always my noble friend, and told him,

Eliz. Thai may be :-But only tell me, how can * The Bishop has given me his hand, but I wot well the man be good who lays ambushes for his best he did not know me.” The Bishop heard me, for and truest friend ? who has sold his service to the was speaking loud-He came to us angrily, and enemies of my husband ? and, by invidious misrep- said, " True, I gave thee my hand, because I knew resentations, alienates from us our noble Emperor, thee not indeed.”—To which I answered, "I mark. naturally so gracious ?

ed that, my Lord; and so take your shake of the

[Ahorn winded. hand back again!'-The manikin's neck grew red Char. Papa ! Papa!

as a crab for spite, and he went up the room and [The Warder sounds his horn. Henry opens the complained to the Palsgrave Lewis and the Prin: gate.

cess of Nassau.--- But we have had much to do toEliz. There he comes with booty !

gether since that,

Weis. I wish you would leave me to myself! Enter PETER.

Goetz. Why so ?--I entreat you to be at rest. You Peter. We have hunted-we have caught the are in my power, and I will not misuse it. game !--God save you, noble ladies!

Weis. That I am little anxious about Your duty Eliz. Have you Weislingen?

as a knight prescribes your conduct. Peter. Himself, and three followers.

Goetz. And you know how sacred it is to me. Eliz, How came you to stay so long?

Weis. I ain taken-What follows is indifferent. Peter. We watched for him between Nurembers taken by a prince, and shut up fettered in a dungeon,

Goetz. You should not say so.-Had you been and Bamberg, but he did not come, though we knew he had set out. At length we found him ; he your gaoler directed to drive sleep from your eyeshad struck off sideways, and was living quietly with the Earl at Schwarzenberg.

Enter Servants wilh clothes. Weislingen unarms Eliz. Then will my husband have him next for

and shifts himself. Enter CHABLES. an enemy:

Char. Good morrow, papa! Peter. I told this immediately to my master-Up

Goetz. (kisses him.) Good morrow, boy!-How and away we rode for the forest of Haslach. And have you been behaving? it was curious, while we were riding thither that

Chár. Very well.-Aunt says I am a good boy. night, that a shepherd was watching, and five Goetz. That's right. wolves fell upon the flock, and were taken. Then Char. Have you brought me any thing? my master laughed, and said, Good luck to us all, Goetz. Nothing this time. dear companion, both to you and us! And the good Char. I have learned a great dealomen overjoyed us.--Just then Weislingen came ri

Goetz. Aye! ding along with four attendants-

Char. Shall I tell you about the good boy ?

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