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must submit-Yet, tell me something The second period begins with a long of this Rudolph-You have read of historical detail of Frederic the Second's him in the book of Fate ?
political views, and particularly of his Hieronymus. Little, and much- differences with the Pope and the But it is not for your ear, dread Lord. Lombards, which we mention only to
Emperor. But I will, 1 must know introduce the remark that · RUDOLPH it
OF HABSBURG' is interspersed with Hieronymus. You could not endure narrative in a manner unusual in these
'GEMAHLDE,' and which would have Emperor. I not endure it! Who prevented our selecting it as a sample dares speak so false a word ?
of them, had we not thought a hero Hieronymus. The master, to whom who has of late years been so agreealone it is given to read the book of ably introduced to the British Public Fate.
by Coxe's History Of The House of Emperor. Honour to the Master, AUSTRIA, likely to be considered a but obedience to the Emperor! more interesting personage than Fre
Hieronymus. Honour to whom ho- deric with the Bitten Cheek, or any nour, obedience to whom obedience is other old German, whose very name is due.
unknown out of his own country. Emperor. That I now require from The dramatic portion of the second you. Speak, I command you ! How period opens in the Palace of the Porun the words of the book of Fate con- destà of Milan, Pietro Tiepolo, and is terning Rudolph of Habsburg ? formidably long; but tedious as it is,
Hieronymus. You constrain me to we fear we must extract a considerable speak~Be it so ! (Seizes a sheet of pa- part of this scene, both because it fer, and speaks as if inspired.) Thus places Rudolph in a striking point of rub the words of the book of Fate, view, and because we should feel that touching Rudolph of Habsburg-Ter- we had not given our readers a just nibly roars the Lion of Habsburg, and idea of the nature of the original, if we shakes his mane! Germany's castles spared them all its tediousness. Betotter! Terribly roars thé Lion of sides, we suspect that much of the inHabsburg, and shakes his mane! The terest we confess to have found in it, rock-fortress of Hohenstauffen totters! is to be ascribed to the sort of reality Terribly roars the Lion of Habsburg which, like Richardson's Novels, it and shakes his mane! The rock-forte derives even from its wearisome proress of Hohenstauffen falls in hideous lixity. We are introduced into an asruin to the earth! The Lion of Habs- sembly of noble Lombards, engaged þurg is crowned ! (He wipes the sweat in discussing their condition with redrops from his brow.)
gard to the Emperor. Some laugh at The consequence
of this fearful va all apprehension of further danger tieination is, that the Emperor, after from him, whom they consider as inconsulting with the Abbot, resolves to extricably involved in German affairs. send Rudolph and his brothers in The Podestà endeavours to dispel this amms, with a few hundred men, to absolute security, and informs the cornbat the dissatisfied Lombards, company of the precautions he has trusting that he must fall in the un taken against an invasion ; every pass equal conflict
. Rudolph, in spite of he has caused to be occupied and formany hints from Manfred, accepts the tified, so as, in case of the worst, to comunand. In a parting scene with render a surprise impossible.
The Anua, a mutual declaration of love other party are ridiculing such supertakes place, and he receives from her fluous prudence, when a page announa green scarf, which he swears shall ces Count Milo of Verona.
The PoBiorat upon
his banner's point in the destà starts, orders him to be admitted, hour of danger, whilst his battle cry bids his friends prepare for bad news, shall be Anna ! The first period closes since the appearance at Milan of the with the departure of Rudolph and his man appointed to defend the Tyrolese small band, accompanied by Manfred, frontier must be ominous, and receives who disobeys his father's repeated or- the Count upon his entrance with the ders to desist from his purpose, in the words, “Count Milo of Verona is welhope that by sharing, he may diminish come, but not his news—that is most
his friend's danger.
Count Mib. And is a secret to every' of pure German manners. You are one in Milan but myself! Who can' of the Emperor's party, and sent out have revealed it to you?
to procure intelligence ?-I am a free Podestà. Your presence.
man, answered the young rogue, and Count Milo. Under our circumstan- will not at present engage in any disces such a revelation cannot deceive. pute. If you will not believe me, I You then already know the chief must needs begone, and indeed I have
already, from the boundaries here, Podestà. Frederic has overpowered seen enough of your country, as you you, and penetrated with a mighty shall learn to your cost. At these army into Italy.
words the whole troop gallopped off at Count Milu. Not Frederic with a full speed. mighty army-you should in that case Podestà. Evidently a spy, whom you have had earlier intelligence of his ap- should immediately have laid hands proach. Milo in person had not brought on. it. A small body, hardly consisting Count Milo. Yes, if he would have of five or six hundred Germans. let himself be laid hands on. Whilst
Podesta. Hasoverthrown three thou. I was about to have him seized, he sand brave Veronese? Has spared only escaped, and vanished from our sigbt their commander to publish this ex as though he had never been there. I traordinary event throughout Lom- pursued him with a hundred horse bardy?
men, but could discover no traces of Count Milo. To publish the terrore him or his companions. spreading news of the advance of a Podestà Really this sounds marvelyoung, a beardless adventurer! Oh, lous ! it is humbling for an old soldier to be Count Milo. Like a tale of King constrained not only to confess to him. Arthur's Round Table. Its truth is self, but to proclaim to the world, that also too irrefragably proved by the rehe has been defeated by a boy! sult. My attention was roused by the
Podestà. You, the dread of the Ghi- stranger's appearance and concluding bellines, by a boy ?
I collected my forces, and Count Milo. Listen to my story, and for three days and nights in person your wonder will rise yet higher. It sought our vanished visitors in vain. was on St Gregory's day, that in an – Throughout the whole district, no early visit to my outposts, I perceived one was to be seen. A small troop of perhaps twenty Ger Paul Traversara. They had then man horse, headed by a Knight mag- been raised into Heaven, or swallowed nificently armed, about to cross the up by the depths of the earth. Tyrolese boundaries; I sprang forward Podestà. They will be seen again I with my escort and obstructed the fear. They were probably concealed. way. The leader, a boy scarcely six Count Milo. Probably amongst the teen or eighteen, assuming an air of forests and mountain-caverns. Upon surprise, asked with insolent defiance the morning of the fourth day the whether we were in jest or earnest. whole troop rushed upon us,-it now In earnest, young master, I replied to amounted to five or six hundred. the pert questioner ; you do not pass
Podestà. You then gave battle ? through here, and had better carry Count Milo. We did—why should your skin peaceably back to Germany, not three thousand engage five hunwhilst it is yet whole. This rebuff dred ? They found us not unprepared ; seemed to abash the youth; he looked at the first sound of the trumpet we round as if seeking a bye-road to es were in order of battle. They seemed cape, and then inquired with a more confounded, and halted at a short disfriendly, and somewhat uneasy air,- tance from us. But suddenly resoundIs not a well-born youth, who would ed a unanimous and terrible cry of traverse the world in search of foreign Anna! Anna ! and a wedge-formed, arts and knowledge, allowed to visit sharp-pointed body, breaking from the beautiful and cultivated Italy ? - amidst them, gallopped against us; Since when, I returned, have young two other similar bodies flying round German noblemen been seized with us, fell upon our rear-Spare me the the strange fancy of running about the rest-You guess the issue. world in search of the arts and sciences? Podesta. Five hundred against three That does not accord with my notion thousand, commanded by Mito!
Count Milo, Milo's three thousand tended to display the different charac-' were beaten. The beardless youth, ters of the speakers, and simply stating who had met me on the frontier, broke, that Rudolph is invited to join the asat the head of the first body, into our sembly; that the Podestà pledges his centre, and tore away our banner- word for his safety, and denounces Fearfully raged the swords of the Ger- vengeance against whoever shall premans, desperate was our resistance- sume to violate its sanctity, and probut unavoidable our confusion, flight ceed to the hero's arrival. impossible ! I rushed against the for Podestà (ut the window.). See what midable boy, challenging him to single a stately cavalier- Is that Rudolph ? combat-An instant, and I was dis Count Milo. It is—What' think you 'armed! He spared me, delivered me of his exterior ? over to an attendant, and dashed again Podestà. I find but one point to into the fight. Three dreadful hours condemn; that Nature has stamped
elapsed, then all was decided'; two him with too much of royalty. His thousand Veronese lay dead or wound- look, person, carriage, every thing ed, the rest were prisoners--not one about him is fascinating, dignified, escaped.
formed to command request. Podesta. Terrible! Incomprehensi Count Henry di Montiu, Strange ble !
that the Podestà of Milan, the head
no joined them, and together they sur- admire him, though I were even King
lightly but mugnificently armed, wearPaul Traversara. The traitors! thus ing a hat of feathers instead of a helto violate a league !
met, and a green scarf, enters, bows Count Milo. 'Twas by constraint. with dignified respect to the assembly,
Podestà. Could they give us no in- and then offers his hand to the Podestelligence of the event?
tà.) Count Milo. Impossible! Not a child Rudolph. I greet in you the Podescould quit Verona unobserved. tà of Milan?
Podestà. You made yourself invisi Podestà. I am he, and bid you welble ?
come. How did you know my person, Count Milo. The prisoners were re- since I cannot recollect to have ever leased as soon as the Veronese had re- seen you ? nounced the Lombard league, and Rudolph. Neither did I ever see sworn fidelity and obedience to the you; but I know the noble Doge of Emperor. I instantly hurried Venice, Giacomo Tiepolo, your father,
(A Page entering:) Five hundred and you are his image. German horse gallopping up to the Podestà. I rejoice that we are thus gate,
not entire strangers—when and where Count Milo. Is the frightful demon did you see my father? already here?
Rudolph, At the last celebration of Podestà. They have not been ad- the marriage of the Republic with the mitted ?
Adriatic; I tasted to the Emperor at Page. The Warders think, that had the banquet. they attempted to enter the city they Count Godfrey di Romagna. And in could not have been prevented, so the lists laid many Venetian nobles in complete was the surprise ; but they 'the dust. quietly posted themselves without the Rudolph, offering his hand.) That I walls, and their leader alone demands should not immediately have recogto speak with his Excellency the Po- nized Count Godfrey di Romogna ! desta.
(Observing Count Milo.) See there! I We may here pass over a page or expected not to meet a single friend or two of discussion and panegyric of Ru- acquaintance here, and find myself dolph and his operations, chiefly in- moșt agreeably deceived. We are not VOL. XI.
yesterday's acquaintance ! Or have you nal that the Podestà of Milan faithalready forgotten me? (Taking Milo's fully observes his promise of security. hand.)
Count Henry. Provided there be no Count Milo. Whilst I live, I shall deceit in that assertion. not forget you. But though I certain Rudolph. The honourable German ly am indebted to you for the prolon- had not even a word in his language gation of my wretched existence, I did to denote any thing so infamous, prenot judge that we were friends. vious to his acquaintance with the Ita
Rudolph. I will excuse your thanks, lians. and you will forgive me any pain I Podestd. Your noble demeanour is may have given you. When the scuffle a pledge for your good faith-Let us is ended, all enmity vanishes from my hear your commission to us. heart. We are therefore friends. Rudolph. My commission is to con
Count Milo. Strange, importunate quer you, and ravage your lands with companion! Havel desired your friend- fire and sword, so long as you resist ship?
the just claims of his Imperial Ma- i Goran Rudolph. Strange I am, perhaps; jesty. but when you shall once know how Podestà. Then our negociation is at right importunate I can be
once ended. The Emperor's pretenCount Godfrey. Of that I should sions are unjust, and we neither can, think you had given him abundance will, nor ought, servilely to submit to of bloody proofs.
them, Rudolph. A taste only, not a suffi Rudolph. Verona has submitted ciency.
her example will speedily be followed Count Henry. You speak confident by the rest of the confederates. ly, German.
Podestà. One false member of the Rudolph. You shall find me yet great Lombard Association will not be more confidential in action.
inissed-Should there be more, let Count Henry. The young gentleman them go. The diminished body, gaintalks of action like a man, though he ing strength by the closer connexion has scarcely yet escaped from hisschools of its sound members, will only
hold master's rod.
together the more firmly, Rudolph. But so well taught, that Rudolph. Your excellency must not he has already played the schoolmaster rely too confidently upon that-You somewhat roughly to many a grey- are now about to see the power and bearded boy. This is not the place to majesty of the empire in their full prove it to you, else-(Turning to splendour. Frederic's first step upon the Podestà.) Your excellency will be your soil will fearfully convince you, pleased to pardon this little forced di- that, even should not a single member gression-I requested a conversation of the Lombard Confederacy fail
, you with you for a more serious purpose. could not stand against his might. Am I to speak in presence of these Podestà. We are confederated for gentlemen?
the maintenance of our rights and liPodestà. Does the affair concern me berties, which we have sworn to dealone, or the common weal ?
fend, even to the last drop of our blood, Rudolph. The common weal, noble against Frederic's violence and usursir.
pation. We have, during ten whole Podestà. Then open your business years, proved to the astonishment of unreservedly in presence of these gen- the world, that freedom renders men tlemen.
fearless, and constancyinvincible. And Rulolph. The business is your own, do you insolently imagine you can teralthough I am commanded by the Em- rify the noble chiefs of the Lombard peror to take in every possible way the League, with a vain phantom of Germost active part in arranging it. But, man superiority ? first (Tukes ofhis scarf, and hangs Rudolph. That was not my purpose, it up outside of the window.) Some mis- my Lord Podestà. chief might otherwise occur.
Podestà. What was it then? To dePolestà. What are you doing, Count ceive by an air of cordiality, as you Rudolph ? Giving a signal to your would have deceived the Veronese horsemen ?
Captain upon the frontier of the Ty. Rudolph. To remain quiet. A sig- rol?
Paul Traversara. For which we Rudolph of some of his glory, as in it could now take a dreadful revenge ! he fairly out-argues the Podestà. The
Count Milo. Ha ! Revenge ! Re- interests and views of either side are venge! But I must strike the blow ! given pretty nearly with the detail of
Cront Henry. Who hinders you? a council debate in modern history; (Count Milo draws a dagger.) and, in truth, one way or another, so
Podestà, (throwing him off:) Your much historical knowledge is bestowe Podestà! No one shall ever say that ed upon us in this performance, that Pietro Tripolo, the noble Venetian, the we are not quite certain whether it chief of the Lombard League, proved may not be intended rather for the false to his plighted word ! Count edification of young ladies who are Nilo, henceforward avoid our assem- not ford of dry reading, than for the blies and our territories for ever and recreation of the better informed. Be
that as it may, Rudolph having proCorent Milo. Treachery! Treachery! posed terms, and suggested that reNoble Lombards, the Podestà has be- course should be had to the mediation trayed you to the Germans !
of the Pope, allows a couple of hours Podestà
. Wretch! I despise you and for deliberation, and departs. your paltry calymny too much to stoop In the next scene Rudolph's friends to justification or revenge. Begone ! appear watching the scarf ; he returns
Connt Milo. Podestă ! Podestà ! I to them, and soon after the Podestà will amply repay you this disgrace !- arrives to notify his acceptance of the (Frit färrously.
terms. But we cannot afford space or t Palestà. I shall quietly await it. patience to proceed as much in detail
Rudolph. Lord Podestà, you have as we have begun. The reader now pronounced a severe, but just sentence, understands the fashion of this “ Pic
upon an unworthy member of your ture," and we will make the best of it honourable League. My esteem for our way to the fulfilment of the As, k
you is yet further heightened. trologer's prediction.
Podestà. And you remained so cool Rudolph, by his personal character and undisturbed when the traitor raised and influence, amidst some fighting, his poniard against you.
goes on increasing his numbers and Rudolph. I could not suppose that authority ; and conformably to his the noble Venetian would suffer his proposition to the Pedestà, proceeds, word to be violated by a villain. But in virtue of the powers intrusted to bad you not prevented the crime, fear- him, to conclude, through the mediafully should I have avenged my death tion of the Pope, a final treaty with upon you and your friends.
the Lombards. His enemies, meanPodesto. Hardly upon me, Sir while, have been busy at court. HieKnight-Count Milo understands the ronymus has persuaded the Emperor me of the poniard.
that Rudolph is caballing with the reRudolph. And Rudolph of his sword, bels to obtain the iron crown for himLord Podestà. Swifter than the glance self; and the deceived Monarch, leaof an eye would it have flown from the ving the troubles in Germany unapscabbard
, and done some slaughter, peased, hastens, with a considerable ere Milo's powiard could have struck. army, across the Alps, to supplant and When overpowered by numbers, I disgrace his unexpectedly successful should fighting have struggled to this general. window, have torn this scarf down The third period introduces to us, with me in my fall—and ere long had amongst other new characters, the nothe fair and magnificent Milan been ted tyrant, (in a small way,) Ezzelino en fire in three different places, whilst di Romano, who immediately acquires 2 band of German destroying angels unbounded influence over the Empecarried death and desolation through ror, and leads him into many faults pour dominions.
and atrocities. Rudolph is at first very We think this is a very sufficient ill treated, but by his frankness, resolaste of Frederic Christian Schlenkert's lution, and services, recovers Frederic's inanner, and will spare our readers the favour, in spite of his detractors. He remarks to which Rudolph's exposi- is, however, unable to prevent many tion of his arrangements gives birth, acts of injudicious cruelty, is disgusta as well as the deep political reasoning ed, and, with his brothers in arms, that occupies the remaining pages of leaving the Emperor to settle his Itaan this scene, though we thus deprivelian affairs his own way, returns *