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ACT 1.-SCENE I.
An old Gothic Chamber in the Council House at Pilsen,
decorated with Colours and other War Insignia.
ILLO WITH BUTLER AND ISOLANI.
ILLO. Ye have come late—but ye are come! The dis
* A town about 12 German miles N. E. of Ulm.
Transporting a rich cargo of provision,
This Croats Plunged down upon and seized, this weighty
prize! We bring it hither —
Just in time to banquet The illustrious company assembled here.
BUTLER. 'Tis all alive! a stirring scene here! ISOLANI.
Ay! The very churches are all full of soldiers.
(Casts his eye round. And in the Council-house too, I observe, You're settled, quite at home! Well, well! we
soldiers Must shift and suit us in what way we can.
Ilio. We have the Colonels here of thirty regiments. You'll find Count Tertsky here, and Tiefenbach, Kolatto, Goetz, Maradas, Hinnersam, The Piccolomini, both son and fatherYou'll meet with many an unexpected greeting From many an old friend and acquaintance. Only Galas is wanting still, and Altringer.
Butler. Expect not Galas.
ILLO. (hesitating) How so? Do you know
ISOLANI. (interrupting him) Max. Piccolomini here ?-0 bring me to him. I yet, ('tis now ten years ago, We were engaged with Mansfeld hard by Dessau) I see the youth, in my mind's eye I see him, Leap his black war-horse from the bridge adown, And t'ward his father, then in extreme peril, Beat up against the strong tide of the Elbe. The down was scarce upon his chin! I hear He has made good the promise of his youth, And the full hero now is finished in him.
ILLO. You'll see him yet ere evening. He conducts The Duchess Friedland hither, and the Princess * From Carnthen. We expect them here at noon.
BUTLER. Both wife and daughter does the Duke call hither? He crowds in visitants from all sides.
* The Dukes in Germany being always reigning powers, their sons and daughters are entitled Princes and Princesses.
So much the better! I had framed
To feast our eyes.
ILLO. (who has been standing in the attitude of
meditation, to Butler, whom he leads a little
on one side.) And how came you to know That the Count Galas joins us not?
Because He importuned me to remain behind.
ILLO. (with warmth.) And you ?-You hold out firmly?
[Grusping his hand with affection.
Noble Butler !
Butler. After the obligation which the Duke Had layed so newly on me
I had forgotten
I hear, too, that, to make the gift still sweeter,
ISOLANI. Seize it, friend! Seize it! The hand which in that
ISOLANI. (to Illo.)