And if I trust thy heart,
Will it be always in thy power to follow it?
The heart’s voice thou hast not o’erpowered—as
Will Wallenstein be able to o’erpower it.
O, Max! I see thee never more again!
Unworthy of thee wilt thou never see me.
I go to Frauenburg—the Pappenheimers
I leave thee here, the Lothrings too; Tsokans
And Tiefenbach remain here to protect thee.
They love thee, and are faithful to their oath,
And will far rather fall in gallant contest
Than leave their rightful leader, and their honor.
Rely on this, I either leave my life
In the struggle, or conduct them out of Pilsen.
Farewell, my son!
How! not one look
Of filial love? No grasp of the hand at parting?
It is a bloody war to which we are going,
And the event uncertain and in darkness.
So used we not to part—it was not so!
Is it then true? I have a son no longer?
[MAX falls into his arms, they hold each other for a long time in a speechless embrace, then go away at different sides.]
[The Curtain drops.]
* * * * *
A Chamber in the House of the Duchess of Friedland
COUNTESS TERZKY, THEKLA, LADY NEUBRUNN (the two latter sit at the same table at work)
COUNTESS (watching them from the opposite side).
So you have nothing to ask me—nothing?
I have been waiting for a word from you.
And could you then endure in all this time
Not once to speak his name?
[THEKLA remaining silent, the COUNTESS rises and advances to her.]
Why, how comes this!
Perhaps I am already grown superfluous,
And other ways exist, besides through me?
Confess it to me, Thekla: have you seen him?
Today and yesterday I have not seen him.
And not heard from him, either? Come, be open.
And still you are so calm?
May ’t please you, leave us, Lady Neubrunn.
[Exit LADY NEUBRUNN.]
The COUNTESS, THEKLA
It does not please me, Princess, that he holds
Himself so still, exactly at this time.
Exactly at this time?
He now knows all:
’Twere now the moment to declare himself.