Release the outposts in the vale of Jochim
With all the stations in the enemy’s route.
Governor, in your faithful hands I leave
My wife, my daughter, and my sister. I
Shall make no stay here, and wait but the arrival
Of letters to take leave of you, together
With all the regiments.
To these enter COUNT TERZKY
Joy, General; joy! I bring you welcome tidings.
And what may they be?
There has been an engagement
At Neustadt; the Swedes gain’d the victory.
From whence did you receive the intelligence?
A countryman from Tirschenreut convey’d it.
Soon after sunrise did the fight begin!
A troop of the Imperialists from Tachau
Had forced their way into the Swedish camp;
The cannonade continued full two hours;
There were left dead upon the field a thousand
Imperialists, together with their Colonel;
Further than this he did not know.
Imperial troops at Neustadt? Altringer,
But yesterday, stood sixty miles from there.
Count Gallas’ force collects at Frauenberg,
And have not the full complement. Is it possible
That Suys perchance had ventured so far onward?
It cannot be.
We shall soon know the whole,
For here comes Illo, full of haste, and joyous.
To these enter ILLO
ILLO (to WALLENSTEIN).
A courier, Duke! he wishes to speak with thee.
Does he bring confirmation of the victory?
WALLENSTEIN (at the same time).
What does he bring? Whence comes he?
From the Rhinegrave
And what he brings I can announce to you
Beforehand. Seven leagues distant are the Swedes;
At Neustadt did Max Piccolomini
Throw himself on them with the cavalry;
A murderous fight took place! o’erpower’d by numbers
The Pappenheimers all, with Max their leader,
[WALLENSTEIN shudders and turns pale.]
Were left dead on the field.
WALLENSTEIN (after a pause, in a low voice).
Where is the messenger? Conduct me to him.
[WALLENSTEIN is going, when LADY NEUBRUNN rushes into the room. Some servants follow her and run across the stage.]
ILLO and TERZKY (at the same time).
WALTENSTEIN and TERZKY.
Does she know it?