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The old man held his spirit in so strictly | Would look into the fiery eyes of war, (But that could scarce be, for he doted on As ardently for glory as you dared him);

An obscure death to save an unknown A third believed he wish'd to serve in war,

stranger But peace being made soon after his de- In an as perilous but opposite element. parture,

You are made for the service: I have served; He might have since return'd, were that Have rank by birth and soldiership, and

the motive; A fourth set charitably have surmised, Who shall be yours. Tis true, this pause As there was something strange and mystic in him,

Favours such views at present scantily; That in the wild exuberance of his nature, But 'twill not last, men's spirits are too He had join'd the black bands, who lay stirring; waste Lusatia,

And, after thirty years of conflict, peace The mountains of Bohemia and Silesia, Is but a petty war, as the times show us Since the last years of war had dwindled In every forest, or a mere arm’d truce. into

War will reclaim his own; and, in the A kind of general condottiero-system

meantime, Of bandit-warfare; each troop with its chief, You might obtain a post, which would And all against mankind. Idenst. That cannot be.

A higher soon, and, by my influence, fail not A young heir, bred to wealth and luxury, To rise. I speak of Brandenburgh, wherein Tö risk his life and honours with disbanded I stand well with the elector; in Bohemia, Soldiers and desperadoes !

Like you, I am a stranger, and we are now Fritz. Heaven best knows !

Upon its frontier. But there are human natures so allied Ulric. You perceive my garb Unto the savage love of enterprise, Is Saxon, and of course my service due That they will seek for peril as a pleasure. To my own sovereign. If I must decline I've heard that nothing can reclaim your Your offer, 'tis with the same feeling which Indian,

Induced it. Or tame the tiger, though their infancy Stralenh. Why, this is mere usury! Were fed on milk and honey. After all, I owe my life to you, and you refuse Your Wallenstein, your Tilly and Gustavus, The acquittance of the interest of the debt, Your Bannier, and your Torstenson and To heap more obligations on me, till Weimar,

I bow beneath them. Were but the same thing upon a grand scale;

Ulric. You shall say so when And now that they are gone, and peace il claim the payment. proclaim'd,

Stralenh. Well, Sir, since you will notThey who would follow the same pastime You are nobly born? must

Ulric. I've heard my kinsmen say so. Pursue it on their own account. Here comes Stralenh. Your actions show it. Might The Baron, and the Saxon stranger, who

I ask your name?
Was his chief aid in yesterday's escape,

Ulric. Ulric.
But did not leave the cottage by the Oder Stralenh. Your house's ?
Until this morning.

Ulric. When I'm worthy of it,

I'll answer you. Enter STRALENHEIN and ULRIC. Stralenk. (aside) Most probably at Stralenh. Since you have refused

Austrian, All compensation, gentle stranger, save Whom these unsettled times forbid to boast Inadequate thanks, you almost check even His lineage on these wild and dangerous them,

frontiers, Making me feel the worthlessness of words, Where the name of his country is abhorrd. And blush at my own barren gratitude,

(Aloud to Fritz and Idenstein. They seemn so niggardly, compared with So, Sirs ! how have ye sped in your rewhat

searches ? Your courteous courage did in my behalf. Idenst. Indifferent well, your Excellency. Ulric. I pray you press the theme no Stralenh. Then further.

I am to deem the plunderer is caught? Stralenh. But

Idenst. Humph!-- not exactly. Can I not serve you? You are young, and of Stralenh. Or at least suspected ? That mould which throws out heroes; fair Idenst. Oh! for that matter, very much in favour;

suspected. Brave, I know, by my living now to say so, Stralenh. Who may he be! And, doubtlessly, with such a form and Idenst. Why, don't you know, my Lord? heart,

Stralenh. How should I? I was fast asleep.

with you.

him ;

Idenst. And so

Though slighter, yet not slight, to aid Was I, and that's the cause I know no more

these men Than does your Excellency.

(Who seem but lukewarm) in recovering it? Stralenh. Dolt!

Ulric. Most willingly, and without loss Idenst. Why, if

of time Your Lordship, being robb’d, don't recognise (To Idenstein). Come hither, Mynheer! The rogue; how should I, not being robb’d, Idenst. But so much haste bodes identify

Right little speed, andThe thief among so many ? In the crowd, Ulric. Standing motionless, May it please your Excellency, your thief None; so let's march, we'll talk as we go on. looks

Idenst. But Exactly like the rest, or rather better: Ulric. Show the spot, and then I'll 'Tis only at the bar and in the dungeon

answer you. That wise men know your felon by his Fritz. I will, Sir, with his Excellency's features;

leave. But I'll engage, that if seen there but once, Stralenh. Do so, and take yon old ass Whether he be found criminal or no, His face shall be so.

Frits. Hence! Stralenh. (to Fritz) Prithee, Fritz, in- Ulric. Come on, old oracle, expound thy form me

riddle! What hath been done to trace the fellow ?

[Erit with Idenstein and Fritz. Fritz. Faith!

Stralenh. ( solus ) A stalwart, active, My Lord, not much as yet, except conjecture. soldier-looking stripling, Stralenh. Besides the loss (which, I Handsome as Hercules ere his first labour, must own, affects me

And with a brow of thought beyond bis years Just now materially), I needs would find When in repose, till his eye kindles up The villain out of public motives; for In answering yours. I wish I could engage So dexterous a spoiler, who could creep Through my attendants, and so many I have need of some such spirits near me now, peopled

For this inheritance is worth a struggle. And lighted chambers, on my rest, and And though I am not the man to yield snatch

without one, The gold before my scarce closed eyes, Neitherare they who now rise up between me would soon

And my desire. The boy, they say, 'e a Leave bare your borough, Sir Intendant!

bold one ; Idenst. True;

But he hath play'd the truant in some hour If there were aught to carry off, my Lord. Of freakish folly, leaving fortune to Ulric. What is all this?

Champion his claims: that's well. The Stralenh. You join'd ns but this morning, father, whom And have not heard that I was robb'd last For years I've track’d, as does the bloodnight.

hound, never Ulric. Some rumour of it reach'd me as In sight, but constantly in scent, had put me I pass'd

To fault, but here I have him, and that's The outer chambers of the palace, but

better. I know no further.

It must be he! All circumstance proclaims it; Stralenh. It is a strange business : And careless voices, kuowing not the cause The intendant can inform you of the facts. Of my inquiries, still confirm it - Yes!

Idenst. Most willingly. You see, | The man, his bearing, and the mystery Stralenh. (impatiently). Defer your tale, of his arrival and the time; the account,too, Till certain of the hearer's patience. The intendant gave (for I have not beheld Idenst. That

her) Can only be approved by proofs. You seem Of his wife’s dignified but foreign aspect: Stralenh. (again interrupting him, and Besides the antipathy with which we met, addressing Ulric)

As snakes and lions shrink back from each In short, I was asleep upon a chair,

other My cabinet before me, with some gold By secret instinct that both must be foes Upon it (more than I much like to lose, Deadly without being natural prey to either; Though in partonly): some ingenious person All-all-confirm it to my mind : however, Contrived to glide through all my own We'll grapple, ne'ertheless. In a few hours attendants,

The order comes from Frankfort, if these Besides those of the place, and bore away

waters An hundred golden ducats, which to find Rise not the higher(and the weather favours I would be fain, and there's an end; perhaps Their quick abatement), and I'll have him You (as I still am rather faint) would add

safe To yesterday's great obligation this, Within a dungeon, where he may arouch

Ino real estate and names and there's no His sixteen quarterings, for as much fresh air harm done,

As would have filled a bladder, while he lay Should he prove other than I deem. This Gurgling and foaming half-way through robbery

the window (Save for the actual loss), is lucky also: of his o'erset and water-logg'd conveyance, He's poor, and that's suspicious – he's And now he storms at half a dozen wretches unknown,

Because they love their lives too! Yet he's And that's defenceless,-true, we have no

right: proofs

'Tis strange they should, when such as he Of guilt, but what hath he of innocence?

may put them Were he a man indifferent to my prospects, To hazard at his pleasure. Oh! thou world! In other bearings, I should rather lay Thou art indeed a melancholy jest! The inculpation on the Hungarian, who

(Erit Gabor. Hath something which I like not; and alone Of all around, except the intendant, and SCENE II.The Apartment of WERNER, én The Prince's household and my own,


the Palace, ingress Familiar to the chamber.


Josephine. Stand back, and let me look Enter GABON

on thee again! Friend, how fare you? My Ulric!- my beloved !--can it beGabor. As those who fare well every After twelve years ? where, when they

Ulric. My dearest mother! Have supp'd and slumber'd, no great matter Josephine. Yes! how

My dream is realized-how beautifulAnd you, my Lord ?

How more than all I sigh'd for! Heaven Stralenh. Better in rest than purse:

receive Mine inn is like to cost me dear.

A mother's thanks!-a mother's tears of joy! Gabor. I heard

This is indeed thy work !-At such an hour, Of your late loss: but 'tis a trifle to

too, One of your order.

He comes not only as a son but saviour. Stralenh. You would hardly think so, Ulric. If such joy await me,it must double Were the loss yours.

What I now feel, and lighten, from my heart, Gabor. I never had so much

A part of the long debt of duty, not (At once) in my whole life, and therefore of love (for that was ne'er withheld) — am not

forgive me! Fit do decide. But I came here to seek you. This long delay was not my fault. Your couriers are turn'd back - I have

Josephine. I know it, outstript them,

But cannot think of sorrow now, and doubt In my return.

If I e'er felt it, 'tis so dazzled from Stralenh. You !-Why ?

My memory, by this oblivious transport IGabor. I went at day-break,

My son!
To watch for the abatement of the river,
As being anxious to resume my journey.

Your messengers were allcheck'd likemyself; Werner. What have we here, more
And, seeing the case hopeless, I await

strangers ? The current's pleasure.

Josephine. No !
Stralenh. Would the dogs were in it! Look upon him! What do you see?
Why did they not, at least, attempt the Werner. A stripling,

For the first time-
I order'd this at all risks.

Ulric (kenceling). For twelve long years,
Gabor. Could you order
The Oder to divide, as Moses did

Werner. Oh, God!
The Red Sea (scarcely redder than the flood Josephine. He faints !
Of the swoln stream), and be obey'd, perhaps Werner. No-l am better now
They might have ventured.

Ulric! (Embraces him.)
Stralenh. I must see to it:

Ulric. My father, Siegendorf! The knaves! the slaves! -- but they shall W'erner. (starting) Hush! boy

smart for this. (Erit Stralenheim. The walls may hear that name! Gabor. (solus) There goes my noble, Ulric. What then ? feudal, self-willid baron!

W'erner. Why, thenEpitome of what brave chivalry

But we will talk of that anon. Remember, The prenx chevaliers of the good old times I must be known here but as Werner. Come! Have left us. Yesterday he would have given Come to my arms again!Why,thou lookst all His lands (if he hath any), and, still deurer, I should have been, and was not. Josephine !

my father!

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Sure 'tis no father's fondness dazzles me; Werner. Ay, if at Prague:
But had I seen that form amid ten thousand But here he is all powerful : and has spread
Youths of the choicest, my heart would Snares for thy father, which, if hitherto
have chosen

He hath escaped them, is by fortune, not This for my son!

By favour. Ulric. And yet you knew me not! Ulric. Doth he personally know you? Werner. Alas! I have had that upon my Werner. No; but he guesscs shrewdly sonl

at my person, Which makes me look on all men with an eye As he betray'd last night; and I, perhaps, That only knows the evil at first glance. But owe my temporary liberty Ulric. My memory served me far more To his uncertainty. fondly: I

Ulric. I think you wrong him Have not forgotten anght; and ofttimes in (Excuse me for the phrase); but Stralenheim The proud and princely halls of-(I'll not Is not what you prejudge him, or, if so, name them,

He owes me sonjething both for past and As you say that 'tis perilons), buti'the pomp present; of your sire's feudal mansion, I look'd back I saved his life, he therefore trusts in me: To the Bohemian mountains many a sunset, He hath been plunderd too, since he came And wept to see another day go down

hither; O'er thee and me, with those huge hills Is sick; a stranger; and as such not now between us.

Able to trace the villain who hath robb'd They shall not part us more.

him; Werner. I know not that.

I have pledged myself to do so; and the Are you aware my father is no more ?

business Ulric. Oh Heavens! I left him in a green which brought me here was chiefly that:

but I And looking like the oak, worn, but still Have found, in searching for another's dross, steady

My own whole treasure-you, my parents! Amidst the elements, whilst younger trees Werner. (agitatedly) Who Fell fast around him. Twas scarce three Taught you to mouth that name of "villain?" months since.

Ulric. What Werner. Why did you leave him? More noble name belongs to common thieves? Josephine ( embracing Ulric ). Can you Werner. Who taught you thus to brand ask that question ?

an unknown being Is he not here?

With an infernal stigma ? Werner. True; he hath sought his parents, Ulric. My own feelings And found them; but, oh! how, and in Taught me to name a ruffian from his deeds. what state !

Werner. Who taught you, long-sought, Ulric. All shall be better'd. What we

and ill-found boy! that have to do

It wonld be safe for my own son to insult me? Is to proceed, and to assert our rights, Ulric. I named a villain What is there Or rather yours; for I wave all, unless

in common Your father has disposed in such a sort With such a being and my father? Of his broad lands as to make mine the Werner. Every thing! foremost,

That ruffian is thy father! So that I must prefer my claim for form: Josephine. Oh, my son ! But I trust better, and that all is yours. Believe him not – and yet! - (Her voice Werner. Have you not heard of Stralen

falters.) heim?

Ulric. (Starts, looks earnestly at Werner, Ulric. I saved

and then says slowly) And you His life but yesterday: he's here.

avow it? Werner. You saved

Werner. Ulric! before you dare despise The serpent who will sting us all !

your father, Ulric, You speak

Learn to divine and judge his actions. Riddles: wbat is this Stralenheim to us? Werner. Every thing. One who claims Rash, new to life, and rear'd in luxury's lap, our fathers' lands :

Is it for you to measure passion's force, Our distant kinsman, and our nearest foe. Or misery's temptation? Wait-(not long, Ulric._I never heard his name till now. It cometh like the night, and quickly) The Count,

Wait! Indeed, spoke sometimes of a kinsman, who, Wait till, like me, your hopes are blightIf his own line should fail,might be remotely

ed-till Involved in the succession; but his titles Sorrow and shame are handmaids of your Were never named before me; and what then? cabin; His right must yield to ours.

Famine and poverty your guests at table;


Despair your bed-fellow—then rise, but not Werner. Ay! I thought so : you have now From sleep, and judge! Should that day Only one parent. I have lost alike e'er arrive

Father and son, and stand alone. Should you see then the serpent, who hath Ulric. But stay! coil'd

[Werner rushes out of the chamber. Himself around all that is dear and noble Josephine (to Ulric). Follow him not, Of you and yours, lie slumbering in your until this storm of passion path,

Abates. Thinkst thou that, were it well With but his folds between your steps and

for him, happiness,

I had not follow'd ? When he, who lives but to tear from you Ulric. I obey yon, mother, name,

Although reluctantly. My first act shall not Lands, life itself, lies at your mercy, with Be one of disobedience. Chance your conductor; midnight for your Josephine. Oh! he is good! mantle;

Condemn him not from his own mouth, but The bare knife in your hand, and earth

trust asleep,

To me, who have borne so much with Even to your deadliest foe; and he as 'twere him, and for him, Inviting death, by looking like it, hile That this is but the surface of his soul, His death alone can save you:- Thank And that the depth is rich in better things. your God!.

Ulric. These then are but my father's If then, like me, content with petty plunder, principles ? You turn aside-I did so.

My mother thinks not with him? Ulric. But

Josephine. Nor doth he Werner (abruptly). Hear me!

Think as he speaks. Alas! long years of grief I will not brook a human voice-scarce dare Have made him sometimes thus. Listen to my own (if that be human still)— Ulric. Explain to me Hear me! you do not know this man-I do. More clearly, then, these claims of StraHe's mean, deceitful, avaricious. You

lenheim, Deemn yourself safe, as young and brave; That, when I see the subject in its bearings, but learn

may prepare to face him, or at least None are secure from desperation, few To extricate you from your present perils. From subtilty. My worst foe, Stralenheim, I pledge myself to accomplish this — but Housed in a prince's palace, couch'd within

would A prince's chamber, lay below my knife! I had arrived a few hours sooner! An instant-a mere motion—the least im- Josephine. Ay! pulse

Hadst thou but done so ! Had swept him and all fears of mine from earth.

Enter GABOR and IDENSTEIN with Attendants. He was within my power—my knife was Gabor (to Ulric). I have sought you, raised

comrade. Withdrawn - and I'm in his; are you not so? So this is my reward! Who tells you that he knows you not? Ulric. What do you mean?

Gabor. Sdeath! have I lived to these He hath not lured you here to end you? or

years, and for this? To plunge you, with your parents , in a (To Idenstein.) But for your age and folly, dungeon?

(He pauses.

I would
Ulric. Proceed-proceed !

Idenst. Help!
Werner. Me he hath ever known, Hands off! touch an intendant!
And hunted through each change of time- Gabor. Do not think

I'll honour you so much as save your throat And why not you? Are you more versed in From the Ravenstone, by choking you men?

myself. He woand snares round me; flung along Idenst. I thank you for the respite; but my path

there are Reptiles, whom, in my youth, I would Those who have greater need of it than me. have spurn'd

Ulric. Unriddle this vile wrangling,orEven from my presence; but,in sparning now, Gabor. At once, then, Fill only with fresh venom. Will you be The Baron has been robb’d and upon me More patient ? Ulric!-- Ulric! – there are This worthy personage has deign'd to fix crimes

His kind suspicions—me! whom he nc'er saw Made venial by the occasion,and temptations Till yester' evening. Which nature cannot master or forbear. Idenst. Wouldst have me suspect Ulric (looks first at him, and then at My own acquaintances? You have to learn Josephine). My mother!

That I keep better company.

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