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THE PICCOLOMINI;

OR, THE FIRST PART OF WALLENSTEIN.

A DRAMA.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OF SCHILLER.

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PREFACE OF THE TRANSLATOR,

It was my intention to have prefixed a Life of Wallenstein to this translation; but I found that it must either have occupied a space wholly disproportionate to the nature of the publication, or have been merely a meagre catalogue of event's narrated not more fully than they already are in the Play itself. The recent translation, likewise, of Schiller's “ History of the Thirty Years' War" diminished the motives thereto. In the translation I endeavoured to render my Author literally wherever I was not prevented by absolute differences of idiom; but I am conscious, that in two or three short passages I have been guilty of dilating the original ; and, from anxiety to give the full meaning, have weakened the force. In the metre I have availed myself of no other liberties than those which Schiller had permitted to himself, except the occasional breaking-up of the line by the substitution of a trochee for an iambic; of which liberty, so frequent in our tragedies, I find no instance in these dramas.

S. T. COLERIDGE.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland, Generalissimo of the Imperial Forces

in the thirty years war.
Octavio Piccolomini, Lieutenant General.
Max. Piccolomini, his Son, Colonel of a Regiment of Cuirassiers.
Count Tertsky, the Commander of several regiments, and Brother

in-law of Wallenstein.
Illo, Field Marshal, Wallenstein's Confidant.
Isolani, General of the Croats.
Butler, an Irishman, Commander of a Regiment of Dragoons.
Tiefenbach,
Don Maradas,

Generals ander Wallenstein.
Goetz,
Kolatto,
Neumann, Captain of Cavalry, Aide-de-camp to Tertsky.
The War Commissioner Von Questenberg, Imperial Envoy.
General Wrangel, Swedish envoy.
Baptisia Seni, Astrologer.

Duchess of Friedland, Wife of Wallenstein,
Thekla, her daughter, Princess of Friedland.
The Countess Tertsky, sister of the Duchess.

A Cornet.
Several Colonels and Generals.
Pages and Attendants belonging to Wallenstein.
Attendants and Hoboists belonging to Tertsky.
The Master of the Cellar to Count Tertsky.
Valet de Chambre of Count Piccolomini.

THE PICCOLOMINI, &c. .

ACT І.

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

distance,
Count Isolan, excuses your delay.

Iso. 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 provision,
Almost six hundred waggons. This my Croats
Plunged down upon and seized, this weighty prize !
We bring it hither-
Illo.

Just in time to baquet The illustrious company assembled here.

But. 'Tis all alive! a stirring scene here!
Iso.

Ay! The very churches are 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.

* A town about twelve German miles N. E, of Ulm.

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