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Goetz, After dinner.
| scribe the good fortune of the man who has an Char. And I know something else.
adopted brother in a friend. Goetz. What may that be ?
Weis. No more of that! Char. "Jaxthausen is a village and castle upon Goetz: Does it displease you ? I know nothing the Jaxt, which has appertained in property and he. more delightful after a fatigue than to talk over old ritage for two hundred years to the Lords of Berlich-stories. Indeed, when I recall to mind how we ingen"
were almost the same being, body and soul, and Goetz. Do you know the Lord of Berlichingen? how I thought we were to continue so all our lives -(Charles stares at him.) With all his extensive -Was not that iny sole comfort when this hand learning he does not know his own father.--Whom was shot away at Landshut, and when you nursed does Jaxthausen belong to?
and tended me like a brother? I hoped Adelbert Char. “Jaxthausen is a village and castle upon world in future be my right hand. And nowthe Jaxt”
Wcis. Alas! Goetz. I did not ask about that I knew every Goctz. Hadst thou followed me when I wished path, pass, and ford about the place, before ever I thee to go to Brabant with me, all would have reknew the name of the village, castle, or river. — Ismained well. But then that unhappy turn for your mother in the kitchen?
Court-dangling seized thee, and thy coquetung and Char. Yes, papa!- They are dressing a lamb, flirting with idle women.--I always told thee, when with nice white turnips.
thou wouldst mix with these lounging, begging Goetz. Do you know that too, Jack Turnspit ? Court-sycophants, and entertain them with gossip
Char. And my aunt is roasting an apple for me ing about unluckly matches and seduced girls, and to eat after dinner
such trash as they are interested about--I always Goetz. Can't you eat it raw ?
told thee, Adelbert, thou wilt become a rogue. Char. It tastes better roasted.
Weis. Why all this? Goetz. You must have a tid-bit, must you ?-- Goetz. Would to God I could forget it, or that it Weislingen, I will be with you immediately-I go to were otherwise ! - Art thou not as free and as nobly see my wife.--Come, Charles !
born as any in Germany, independent, holding unChur. Who is that man?
der the Emperor alone--and dost thou not crouch Goetz. Bid him welcome.- Tell him to be cheer- amongst vassals ?-What is the Bishop to thee? ful.
Allow he is thy neighbour, and can do thee a shrewd Char. There's my hand, man !-Be cheerful--for turn, hast thou not an arm and friends to requito the dinner will be ready soon.
him in kind? Art thou ignorant of the noble situaWcis. (takes up the child and kisses him.) Happy tion of a free knight, who rests only upon God, the boy! that knowest no worse evil than the delay of Emperor, and himself, that thou canst bear thus to dinner. May you live to have much joy in your son, crawl at the footstool of a selfish malicious Priest Berlichingen!
Weis. Let me speak! Goetz. Where there is most light, the shades are Goetz. What canst thou say ? deepest.-Yet I thank God for hin.-We'll see what Weis. You look upon the Princes as the wolf they are about. [Erit with Charles and Serrants. upon the shepherd. And yet, canst thou blame them
Weis. O that I could but wake and find this all a for uniting in the defence of their territories and prodream!-In the power of Berlichingen -of him perty? Are they a moment secure from the unruly from whom I had so far detached myself--whose chivalry of your free knights, who plunder their vasremembrance I shunned like fire--whom I hoped to sals upon the very high-road, and sack their castleg overpower !-and he still the old true-hearted Goetz! and towns? While upon the frontiers the public -O Adelbert!couldst thou recall the days when we enemy threaten to overrun the lands of our dear played as children, and drove the mimic clase round Emperor, and, while he needs their assistance, they this hall; then thou lovedst him, prizedst him as can scarce maintain their own security-is it not thy soul! Who can be near him and hate him? our good genius which at this moment suggests & Alas! I am not here such as I was---Happy days, mean of bringing peace to Germany, of securing the ye are gone-There in his chair by the chimney sat administration of justice, and giving 10 great and old Berlichingen, while we played around him, and sinall the blessings of quiet? For this purpose is loved each other like cherubs!-How anxious our confederacy; and dost thou blame us for secuwill be the Bishop and all my friends !-Well; I wot ring the protection of the powerful Princes our neighthe whole country will sympathize with my misfor- bours, instead of relying on that of the Emperor,
But what does it avail? Can that reflection who is so far removed froin us, and is hardly able to give me the peace after which I struggle?
Goetz. Yes, yes, I understand you. Weislingen, Re-enter GOETZ with wine and beakers, were the Princes as you paint them, we should be Goetz. We'll take a glass till dinner is ready. of prey naturally likes to eat iis plunder undistúrbed.
all agreed--all at peace and quiet! Yes, every bird Come, sit down--think yourself at home! Consi- | The general weal!- They will hardly acquire under you are once more the guest of Goetz. It is timely gray hairs in studying for that and with long since we have sat side by side, and emptied a the Emperor they play a fine game--Every day comes flagon together-(Fills.) Come: a light heari!
some new adviser and gives his opinion. The EmWcis. Those times are over. Goetz. God forbid ! We shall hardly find more rights--but because a great man can soon give an
peror means well, and would gladly put things to pleasant days than those which we spent together order, and by a single word put a thousand hands at the Margrave's court--when we were inseparable into motion, he therefore thinks his orders will be night and day. I think with pleasure on the days as speedily accomplished. Then come ordinances of my youth.-Do you remember the battle I had upon ordinances contradictory of each other, while with the Polander, and how I broke his frizzled pale the Princes all the while obey those only which for him?
serve their own interest, and help them to press unWeis. It was at table; and he struck at you with der their footstool their less powerful neighboursa knife.
and all the while they talk of the quiet and peace of Goctz. However, I came off conqueror-And you the Empire!- I will be sworn, many a one thanks had a quarrel upon the account with his comrade. God in his heart that the Turk keeps the Emperor We always stuck together like brave boys-(Fills from looking into these affairs ! and hands to WEISLINGEN.) I shall never forget Weis. You view things your own way. how the Margrave used to call us Castor and Pol Goetz. So does every one. The question is, lux: it does me good to think of it.
which is the right light in which they should be reWeis. The Bishop of Wurtzburg called us so first. garded ?-And your plans are of the darkest.
Goetz. That Bishop was a learned clerk, and Weis. You may say what you will; I am you: withal so gentle--I shall remember as long as I live prisoner how he used to caress us, praise our union, and de Goetz. When your conscience is free, so are you
-But we talked of the general tranquillity-I stood Abbot. That must be a charming book. as a boy of sixteen with the Margrave at an Impe Olear. It may be called the book of books, comrial Diet. What harangues the Princes made ! and prehending every rule. worst of all, your spiritual allies—The Bishop rung Abbot. Every rule!-Then the ten commandments into the Emperor's ears his regard for justice, till must be in it. one wondered again-And now he has imprisoned a Olear. By implication; not explicitly. page of mine, ai the very time when our quarrels Abbot. meani so; plainly set down, without any were all accommodated, and I thought of nothing explication. less. Is not all betwixt us settled? What is his Bishop. But the best is, you tell us that a State business with the boy ?
can be maintained in the surest peace and obedi. Weis. It was done without his knowledge. ence by receiving that statute-book. Goetz. Then why does he not release him ?
Olcar. Doubtless. Weis. He has not borne himself as he should do. Bishop. All doctors of laws! (They drink.)
Goetz. Not as he should do? By my honour, Olcar. Would men spoke thus in my country! he has done as he should do, as surely as he was Abbot. Whence came you, most learned siri imprisoned both with your knowledge and the Bi Olear. From Frankfort, at your Eminence's sershop's! Do you think I am come into the world this vice! Very day, that I cannot see the tendency of all this? Bishop. Are you not on good terms with your Weis. Your suspicions do us injustive.
countrymen ?-How comes that ? Goetz. Weislingen, shall I tell you the truth ? Olear. It is odd enough--but when I went last Inconsiderable as I am, I am a thorn in your eyes, there to collect my father's effects, the populace peliand Selbiss and Seckingen are no less so, while we ed me with stones when ihey heard I was a ariretain our firin resolution to die sooner than to thank lian. any one but God for the air we breathe, or pledge Abbot. God keep us! our faith and homage to any one but the Emperor. Olear. It is because their tribunal, which they Hence they goad me from every quarter, blacken hold in great respect, is occupied by vulgar people my character with the Emperor, and among my ignorant of the Roman law. They decide accord: friends and neighbours, and spy about for advan ing to certa n edicts of their own, and some old tage against me. They would sain take me out of customs recognised in the city and neighbourhood. the way; that was the reason for imprisoning the Abbot. Thai's very right. page, whom I had despatched for intelligence; and Olear. Yes; but then ihe life of man is short, and you now say he did not bear himself as he should do, in one generation causes of every description
can: because he would not betray my secrets-And thou, not be decided; therefore it is better to preserve a Weislingen, art their tool!
collection of rules to be observed through all agesWeis. Berlichingen!
and such is our Corpus Juris, which ensures us Goetz. No more about it-I am an enemy to long against the mutability of judges. explanations; they deceive either the maker or the Abbot. That's a great deal better. hearer, and for the most part both.
Olear. But the people are ignorant of that; and Enter CHARLES.
curious as they are after novelues, hate any innová. Char. Dinner, father!
tion in their laws, be it ever so much for the better. Goetz. Good news!- Come, I hope the company They hate a jurist as if he were a cui-purse or a of my women folks will revive you—You always subverter of the state, and become furious if one liked the girls-Ay, ay, they can tell many pretty attempts to settle among them, stories of you.
Lieb. You come from Frankfort ?-I know the
place well-we tasted of your good cheer there at SCENE IV.
ihe Emperor's coronation-but I know no one in
that town of your name. Scene changes to the Bishop of Bamberg's Palace. Olear. My father's name was Oilman-But after
The Bishop, the Abhot of Fuldah, OLEARIUS, the example of many Curlians, for the decoration LIEBTRAUT, and Courtiers, at table-- The des of the title page of my legal ircatises, I have Laliasert and wine before them.
inized the name to Oleari's. Bishop. Are there many of the Gerinan nobility Lieb. Yon did well to disguise it:-a prophet is not at your academy of Bologna ?
honoured in his own country-nor in the language Olear. Both of nobles and burghers; and, with thereof. out exaggeration, they acquire the most brilliant Olear. That was not the cause. reputation. It is a proverb in the University: “As Lieb. Every thing has two reasons. studious as a German noble.”
Abbot. A prophet is, not honoured in his own Abbot. Ay!
country. Lieb. As studious as a German noble !-What Lieb. But do you know why, most reverend sir? may one not live to hear ?--That have I never heard Abbot. Because he was born and bred up there. before.
Lieb. Well, that may be one reason-Another 1 Olear. Yes, they are the admiration of the whole that upon a nearer acquaintance with these fel: university. Some of the oldest and most learned tlemen, the rays of glory and honour that appear af will be created even Doctors. The Emperor will a distance to invest them totally disappear. They doubtless be happy to intrust to them the highest are just like old worsted stockings in a frosty night offices.
--Draw near, and the splendour is gone! Abbot. Do you know, for instance, a young man Olear. It seems you are placed here to tell pleaa Hessian
sant truths. Olear. There are many Hessians with us.
Lieb. When I can discover them, my mouth sel. Abbot. His name was-Does nobody remem- dom fails to utter them. ber it? His mother was of the What-d'ye-call Olear. Yet you hardly seem to distinguish manthem's ?-Oh!- his father has but one eye-and is ner and place. a marshal
Lieb. There is no matter where you place a cupLieb. Von Wildenholz !
ping glass, provided it draws blood. Olear. I know him well. He is highly esteemed Olear. Buffoons are privileged, and we know for his force in disputation.
them by their scurvy jests--But in future let nie Abbot. He has that from his mother.
advise you to bear the badge of your order-a cap Lieb. But I never heard that his father esteemed and bells ! her the more for it.
Lieb. A cap !-True--should I take a fancy to Bishop. How call you the Emperor that wrote have one, will you direct me to the place where you vour Corpus Juris ?
bought yours? Olear. Justinian.
Bishop. Some other subject-Not so warm, genBishop. A worthy prince :-To his health! tlemen! At table all should be fair and quiet Olear. To his memory! (They drink.)
Choose another subject, Liebtraut.
Lieb. Near Frankfort is an ample building called you for the first time have I ceased to regret her the correction-house
company. She had loved, and could tell......She Olear. What of the Turkish expedition, please had a most affectionate heart-Oh! she was an exyour Excellence ?
cellent woman! Bishop. The Emperor has it much at heart to re Weis. Then you resemble her.- (Takes her store peace to the empire, stop feuds, and secure the hand.) What would become of me were I to lose rigid administration of justice; then, according to you? report, he goes in person against the Turk.--At pre Maria. That, I hope, is not likely to happen-But sent, domestic dissensions find him enough to do; you must a way. and the empire, spite of four years of external peace, Weis. I know it, dearest! and I will-Well do I is one scene murder. Franconia, Swabia, the feel what a treasure I have purchased by this sacriUpper Rhine, and the surrounding countries, are fice!-- Now, ble sed be your brother, and the day laid waste by presumptuous and restless knights on which he undertook to seize me! And here, Seckingen, Selbiss with one leg, and Maria. His heart overflowed with hope for you Goetz with the iron hand, sport with the Imperial and himself. Farewell! he said, I go to recover mandates.
Abbot. If his Majesty does not exert himself, these Weis. That has he done. Would that I had fellows will carry us off in their portmanteaus. studied the arrangement and security of my pro
Lieb. He would be a sturdy fellow indeed who periv, instead of neglecting it, and dallying at that should carry off the wine-butt of Fuldah in a port- worthless Court!- then couldst thou have been inmanteau !
stantly mine. Bishop. Besides, the last has been for many years Maria. Delay enhances pleasure. my mortal foe, and molests me hourly--But it will Weis. Say not so, Maria, lest I dread that thy not last long, 1 hope. The Emperor holds his court feelings are less keen than mine.-True, I deserved at Augsburg-we have taken our measures. - Doc- punislıment, deserved to lose every glimpse of this tor, do you know Adelbert of Weislingen?
heavenly prospect--But now! to be wholly thine, Olear. No, please your Eminence.
to live only in thee and in thy cirele of friends-far Bishop. If you stay till bis arrival, you will have removed from the world, to live for the enjoyment the pleasure of seeing a most noble, niost accom of all the raptures which two hearts can bestowplished, and most gallant knight.
What is the favour of princes, what applauses of the Olear. He must be excellent indeed who deserves universe, to such simple yet unequalled felicity?such praises from such a mouth.
Many have been my hopes and wishes; henceforth Lieb. And he was bred at no university.
I am equally above both. Bishop. We know that-( The attendunts throng to the window.) What's the matter ?
Enter Goetz. Altend. Just now, Farber, Weislingen's servant, Goetz. Your page is returned already. He carr rode in at the Castle gate.
scarcely bring out a word for hunger and fatigueBishop. See what he brings. He will announce My wite has ordered the poor knave to be taken his master. [Exit LIEBTRAUT. They stand up care of. This much I have picked out-the Bishop
and drink round. will not give up my boy-an Imperial commission is
to be granted, under wluich ali maliers are to be adLIEBTRAUT re-enters.
justed. But be it as he will, Adelbert, you are free :Bishop. What news?
Pledge me but your hand, that you will neither give Lieb. I wish it had been told by another-Weis- open nor underhand assistance to niy avowed enelingen is a prisoner!
mies. Bishop. How?
Weis. Here I grasp thy hand. From this moLieb. Berlichingen seized him and three attendment be our union and friendship as firm and unalants near Haslach--One is escaped to tell you. terable as a primary law of nature !--Let me take Abbot. A Job's messenger!
this hand also-( Takes Maria's hand)-and with Olear. I grieve from my heart.
it the possession of this lovely lady. Bishop. I will see the servant-Bring him up-I Goetz. Dare I promise for you ? will speak with him myself. Conduct him into my Maria. (limidly:) If-if it is your wishcabinet.
[Erit Bishop. Guct?. By good luck, our wishes will not differ on Abbot. (sitting down.) Another draught, how this point. Thou need'st not blush-the glance
[The Servants till round. of thy eye betrays thee. Well, then, Weislingen, Olear. Does your Reverence not think of a turn join hands, and I say Amen!-My friend and broin the garden ? "Post cænam stabis, seu passus iher!-I thank thee, sister; thou spin'st more than mille meabis?"
flax, for thou hast drawn a thread which can fetter Lieb. In truth, sitting is unhealthy for you, who this wandering bird of Paradise. Yet thou look'st are threatened with an apoplexy.--( The Abbot not quite open, Adelbert-What ails thee? I am rises.), Can I but once get these grave ones out of fully happy! What I but hoped in a dream, I now doors, I shall exercise their tempers a little! see with iny eyes, and feel as if I still dreamed.
[Ereunt. Now my vision is out-I thought to night, that, in
token of reconciliation, I gave thee this iron hand; SCENE V.
and that you held it so fast that it broke away from Scene changes to Jaxthausen,
my arm :- I started, and awoke. Had I but dream
ed a little longer, I should have seen how thou didst MARIA, WEISLINGEN.
make me a new living hand.-You must away this Maria. You love me, you say-Alas! I am per- instant, to put in order thy castle and property. haps but too much inclined to believe it.
That damned Court has detained you long from Weis. Why not believe what I feel so well, that I both.-I must call my wife-Elizabeth! am entirely thine !-(Embraces her.)
Maria. How transported is my brother! Maria. Softly!- I gave you one kiss for earnest,
Weis. Yet I am still more so. but you must encroach no further.
Goetz (to Maria.) You will have pleasant quarWeis. You are too strict, Maria !--Innocent love ters. is pleasing in the sight of Heaven.
Maria. They say Franconia is a fine country. Maria. It may be so-But I must not build upon Weis. And I may venture to say that iny castle what you say ; for I have been taught, that caresses lies in the most delicious part of it. are as strong as fetters, and that damsels when they Goetz. That thou mayst, and I will swear to it love are weaker than Sampson when he lost his Look you, here flows the Mayne, around a hill clothlocks.
ed with corn fields and vineyards, its top crowned Weis. Who taught you so?
with a Gothic castle--then the river makes a sharp Muria. The abbess of my convent. Till my turn, and glides round behind the very rock on seventeenth year I was with her-and only with I which it stands. The windows of the great half
look perpendicularly down upon the river-a pros- | berg is no longer Bamberg-An angel of Heaven, pect which would detain one for hours.
in semblance of woman, has taken her abode in it, Enter ELIZABETH.
and it is become Paradise. Eliz. What wouldst thou ?
Weis. No more than that?
Fran. May I become a shaven friar, if the bars bless you !--They are a pair. Eliz. So soon?
Weis. Who is it, then ? Goetz. But not unexpected.
Fran. Adela von Walldorf. Eliz. May ye ever love each other with the same
Weis. She!-I have heard much of her beauty. affection as now-and as your love, so be your hap
Fran. Heard !-As well might you say I have priness!
seen music. So far is the tongue from being able to Weis. Amen! On that condition I ensure it.
rehearse the slightest article of her beauty, that the Goetz. The bridegroom, my dear, must perforce very eye which beholds her cannot drink it all in. away for a while ; for this great event makes it need
Weis. You are mad. Cul for him to settle some concerns at home. He
Fran. That may well be. The last time I was in must bid adieu to the Bishop's Court, in order that her company, I had no more sense than if I had Chat connexion may be broken off by degrees-Then been drunk; or, I may rather say, I felt at that mohe must rescue his property from the hands of some
ment like a glorified saint enjoying the angelic viselfish stewards-and--But come, sister-come,
sion !--All my senses exalted, and more lively than Elizabeth; his squire has perhaps some private mes
ever-yet not one at their owner's command. sage to him.
Weis. Enthusiast ! Weis. None but what you may hear.
Fran. As I 100k leave of the Bishop, she sat by Goetz. Needless :-Franconians and Swabians! him-they played at chess-He was very gracious now that you are one of us, we may bid their Might- gave me his hand to kiss, and said much, of which inesses, the princes, defiance to their beard.
I understood never a syllable. As I looked on his [E.reunt Goetz, ELIZABETH, Maria. fair antagonist, her eye was fixed upon the board, as Weis. (alone.) God in Heaven! --and canst thou if meditating a grand stroke-Traces of attentive have reserved such happiness for one so unwor- intelligence around the mouth and cheek-1 could thy?-It is too much for my heart. How meanly I have wished to be the ivory king–The mixture of depended upon wretched fools, whom I thought i dignity and feeling on the brow-and the dazzling was governing by superiority of intrigue, subservient lustre of her neck and breast, overshaded by her to the glance of homage-demanding princes !-- raven ringletsGoetz, my faithful Goetz, thou hast restored me to
Weis. Thou art become a poet upon the subject. myself--and iny beloved Maria has completed my
Fran. I felt at the moment the inspiration of a reformation. I feel free, as if brought from a dun- bard--my whole faculties were concentrated in one geon into the open air. --- Bamberg will I never more object. As the Bishop ended, and I made my obeisee-will snap all the shameful bands that have sance, she looked up and said, “Carry your master connected it and me. My heart rejoices, never more
the best wishes of an unknown. He must not to undergo the degradation of struggling for boons despise them, though he is already so rich in old that may be refused - He alone is great and happy friends.” I would have answered somewhat, but who fills his own station of independence, and has
passage betwixt my heart and my tongue was neither to command nor to obey.
choked. I would have given my whole revenue for
permission to touch but one of her fingers! As I Enter FRANCIS.
stood thus, the Bishop threw down a pawn, and in Fran. God greet you, noble sir! I bring you so stooping to lift it. I kissed the hem of her garment. many salutations, that I know not with which to Transport thrill'd through my limbs, and I scarce begin-Bamberg, and ten miles around, bid God know how I left the room. greet you.
Weis. Is her husband at Court? Weis. Welcome, Francis! Bring'st thou aught Fran. She has been a widow these four months, else?
and is at the Court of Bamberg to divert her melan. Fran. You are in such consideration at Court choly. You will see her- and to see her is to stand that it cannot be expressed.
in the sun of spring! Weis. That will not last long.
Weis. She would make little impression on me. Fran. As long as you live-and after your death Fran. I hear you are as good as married. it will shine more lasting than the marble inscrip Weis. Would I were really so! My gentle Maria tion upon your monument.-How they took your will be the happiness of my life. The sweetness of misfortune io heart!
her soul beams through her mild blue eyes; and, like Weis. And what said the Bishop ?
an angel composed of innocence and love, she guides Fran His ardent curiosity poured out question me to the paths of peace and felicity! -Pack upupon question, without giving me time to answer. and then to my castle-Never will I bebold BamHe knew your accident already ; for Farber, who berg, should St. Bede come to guide me in person. galloped from Haslach, had brought him thu ti
[Erit WEISLINGEN. dings-But he would hear every particular-He Fran. (alone.) God forbid !-But let me hope the asked so anxiously whether you were not wounded best. Maria is beautiful and amiable, and I can exI told hin you were safe, from the hair of your scalp cuse a prisoner and an invalid for loving her. In to the nail of your toe.
her eye is compassion and a melancholy sympathyWeis. And what said he to the treaty ?
But in thine, Adela, is life--fire spirit.Fran. He would bave given up the page and a 10-I am a fool-Such has one glance made me ransom to boot for your liberty. But he heard you My master must hence I too must hence, and were to be dismissed upon your parole, otherwise be either recover my senses, or gaze them quite a way; had granted to Berlichingen all he could ask. He
(Eri. charged me with a thousand messages to youmore than I can ever utter. O how he harangued!
ACT II. and concluded, “I cannot live without Weislingen!" Weis. He must learn.
SCENE I. Fran. What mean ye 3-He bids you hasten to Bamberg.-A Hall in the Bishop's Palace. him-All the Court expects you.
The Bishop, ADELA, LIEBTRAUT, Ladies and CourWeis. Let them expect on-The Court will I ne
tiers, discovered. ver, never see.
Bishop. He will not return, they say: Fran. V vee the Court !-My gracious Lord, Adela: I beseech you, put him out of your head. how comes that? Did you know what I know Bishop. What can it mean? could you but dream what I have seen
Lieb. Poh! The message has been repeated to Weis. What'may it be?
him like a paternoster. He has taken a fit of obstiFran. The bare recital would put me mad.-Bam-) nacy; but I think I could soon cure him.
Bishop. Do so-Ride to him instantly.
The populace thronged up the street to see him—They Lieb. My commission
rejoiced at the delay of the unruly horse-He was Bishop. Shall be instantly made out. Spare greeted on all sides, and he thanked them gracefully nothing to bring him back.
all around. He sate the curvetting sted with an Lieb. May I venture to use your name, gracious easy indifference, and betwixt threats and soothing, lady?
brought him to the gate, followed by Liebtraut and Adela. Ay, with all manner of propriety.
a few servants. Lieb. Know you that's a wide commission ? Adela. How did he please thee?
Adela. Know you not my rank and sex sufficienily Muid. Never man so much-He is as like that to understand in what tone I am to be spoken of to portrait of the Emperor, as if he were his son.an unknown nobleman ?
(Pointing to a picture.)- The nose somewhat lessLieb. In the tone of a speaking trumpet, think I. but just such kindly light-brown eyes, and such fine Adela. You will always be a madcap.
Tight hair, curled like a boy's--A half melancholy Bishop. Well, well, take the best horse in my impression on his face I know not how-but he stable--choose your own servants, and bring him pleased me so wellhither.
Adela. I am curious to see him. Lieb. If I do not, say that an old woman who Maid. There were a Lord for you! deals in curing warts and freckles knows more of Adela. You lintle fool! sympathy than I.
Maid. Fools and children speak tr. :th, quoth the Bishop. Yet, what will it avail ? Goetz has wholly proverb. gained him-He will be no sooner here than he will
Enter LIEBTRAUT. wish to return. Lieb. He will wish it, doubtless; but can he do
Lieb. Now, madam, what do I deserve ? it? The squeeze of the hand from a prince, and the
Adela. Horns from your wiie!-for, from the desmiles of a beauty-from these could no Weislingen scription I hear, you have endangered the honour of ever escape.- I have the honour to take my leave. many a family. Bishop. A good journey!
Lieb. Not so, gracious lady-you yourself will enAdela. Adieu !
(Exit Liebtraut. sure their tranquillity! Bishop. When he is once here, I must trust to you.
Adela. How did you contrive to bring him ? Adela. Would you make me your lime-twig ?
Lieb. You know well enough how they catch Bishop. By no means.
woodcocks-and why should I detail my little strat Adela. Your decoy-duck, then ?
agems to you ?- First, I pretended not to have heard Bishop. No—thai part plays Liebtraut. I beseech
a word of his design of reurement, and put him upon Fou do not refuse to do what no other can.
telling me the whole story at length-Then I saw Adela. I will not.
the matter quite in a different liglı-Could not find
could not see, and so forth-Then I spoke of Bam SCENE II.
berg, and carelessly recalled to his memory old con
nexions; knitted together many a broken assucia Scene changes to Jarthausen-A Hall in Goetz's tion of ideas. He knew not what to say-:elt a new Castle.
attraction to Bamberg, but durst not give way to it. Enter Goetz and HANS VON SELBISS.
When I found him begin to waver, and saw him too
much occupied with his own leclings to suspect my Sel. Every one will applaud you for denouncing sincerity, I threw the halter over his head, and by feud against the Nurembergers.
the triple bond of beauty, court favour, and flattery, Goetz. It would have been a thorn in my very dragved him in triumpli hither. heart had I remained long their debtor. It is clear Adela. What aid you of me? that they betrayed my page to the Bishop, They Lieb. The mere truth--Said you were apprehenshall have cause to remember me.
sive about your property, and had hope in his inSel. They have an old grudge at you.
terest with the Emperor for its security. Gneiz. And I at them. I am glad they have be Adela. 'Tis well. gun the fray.
Lich. The Bishop will introduce him to yon. Sd. These free towns ever hold part with the Adela. I expect them-(Exit Lieblraut.). And iests.
with such feelings have I seldom expected a visit. Goetz. Ay, truly do they ! Sel. But we will make hell hot for them!
SCENE IV. Goetz. I wish the Burgomaster, with his gold chain, would come to take a peep at us--He would
Scene changes to Spessart, the Castle of Selbiss. stare his wits a way! Sd. I hear Weislingen is one of us--Does he Enter Selbiss, Goetz, and George in the armour
and dress of a Curulier. really join in our league? Goetz. Not inmediately-There are some reasons
Goetz. So, thou didst not find him, George? which prevent his instantly giving us assistance:
Gco. He had ridden to Bamberg ihe day before but it is quite enough that he is not against us.
with Liebıraut and two servants. The priest without him is what the mass would be
Goetz. I cannot see the reason of that. without the priest.
Sel. I see it well-Your reconciliation was too Sel. When do we set forward ?
speedy to be lasting-Liebtraut is a cunning fellow, Goetz. To-morrow or next day. There are mer
and has inveigled him over. chants coming from Bamberg and Nuremberg to
Goetz. Think'st thou he would become a turnthe fair at Frankfort-We may strike a good blow.
coat ? Sel. So be it, in God's name.
Sel. The first step is taken.
Goetz. I will never believe it. Who knows what SCENE III.
he may have to do at Court-his affairs are' un
arranged. Let us hope the best. Scene returns to the Bishop's Palace at Bamberg. Sel. Would to God he may deserve your good Adela and her Waiting-Maid.
opinion, and do the best!
Goetz. A thought strikes me!-George_shall to Adela. He is here, sayest thou? I can scarce be- Bamberg, disguised in the spoils of the Bamberg lieve it.
trooper, and force the fellow to give him the passAlaid. Had I not seen him myself, I should have word-He may then ride to the town, and see how doubted it.
matters stand. Adela. Then Liebtraut may coin the Bishop into Geo. I have long wished to see Bamberg, gold for such a masterpiece of skill.
Goetz. It is thy first expedition. Take care, my Maid. I saw him as he was about to enter the bov; I should be sorry if ill-luck attended it. Palace-he rode a gray-The horse started when he Geo. Never fear-I shall not go wrong, were fifty came on the bridge, and would not move forward-l of them to gabble about me. (Exit George.