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WALLENSTEIN, Duke of Friedland, Generaliffimo of the Imperial Forces in the Thirty-years War.
OCTAVIO PICCOLOMINI, Lieutenant General.
MAX. PICCOLOMINI, his Son, Colonel of a Regiment of Cuiraffiers. COUNT TERTSKY, the Commander of several Regiments, and Brother-in-law of Wallenftein..
ILLO, Field Marshal, Wallenftein's Confidant.
ISOLANI, General of the Croats.
BUTLER, an Irishman, Commander of a Regiment of Dragoons, TIEFENBACH,
Generals under Wallenftein.
NEUMANN, Captain of Cavalry, Aide-de-camp to Tertky. The War Commiffioner VON QUESTENBERG, Imperial Envoy. GENERAL WRANGEL, Swedish Envoy.
DUCHESS of FRIEDLAND, Wife of Wallenstein,
Several COLONELS and GENERALS..
PAGES and ATTENDANTS belonging to Wallenstein.
An old Gothic Chamber in the Council Houfe at Pilfen, decorated with Colours and other War Infignia.
ILLO WITH BUTLER AND ISOLANI.
YE have come late-but ye are come! The
Count Ifolan, excufes your delay.
Add this too, that we come not empty-handed.
At *Donauwert it was reported to us,
A Swedish caravan was on it's way
Transporting a rich cargo of provifion,
Almoft fix hundred waggons. This my Croats.
* A town about 12 German miles N. E. of Ulm.
Plung'd down upon and feiz'd, this weighty
We bring it hither
Juft in time to banquet
The illuftrious company affembled here.
'Tis all alive! a stirring scene here!
The very churches are all full of foldiers. (Cafts his eye round)
And in the Council-houfe too, I observe,
You're fettled, quite at home! Well, well! we foldiers
Muft fhift and fuit us in what way we can.
We have the Colonels here of thirty regiments.
The Piccolomini, both fon and father-
How fo? Do you know—
ISOLANI. (interrupting him)
Max. Piccolomini here?-O bring me to him.
We were engaged with Mansfeld hard by Deffau)
You'll fee him yet ere evening. He conducts The Duchefs Friedland hither, and the *Princefs From Carnthen. We expect them here at noon.
Both wife and daughter does the Duke call hither? He crowds in vifitants from all fides.
So much the better! I had fram'd my
To hear of naught but warlike circumstance,
And lo! the Duke provides, that fomething too
ILLO. (who has been ftanding in the attitude of meditation, to Butler, whom he leads a little on one fide.)
And how came you to know,
That the Count Galas joins us not?
* The Dukes in Germany being always reigning powers, their fons and daughters are entitled Princes and Princesses.
He importun'd me to remain behind.
ILLO. (with warmth).
And you? You hold out firmly?
(Grafping his hand with affection.)
After the obligation which the Duke
I had forgotten
A pleasant duty-MAJOR GENERAL,
I wish you joy!
What, you mean, of his regiment?
I hear, too, that, to make the gift still sweeter,
In which he firft faw fervice, and fince then,
From the ranks upwards. And verily, it gives
A precedent of hope, a fpur of action
To the whole corps, if once in their remembrance An old deferving foldier makes his way.
I am perplexed and doubtful, whether or no
The Emperor has not yet confirm'd th' appoint