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My father! I did love my father, sir;
Ulrick. Then let me now fulfil
His last behest, whereof the substance this,
Of those who seek your hand you must make choice
Ulrick. Jointly the Empress and myself are named Executors, to give the will effect.
Coun. It was not needed :—it had been respected
Ulrick. One said the serf
Coun. Call him that name again! Whom speak'st thou of?
Re-enter STEPHEN, L.
Stephen. This letter is from Huon, madam.
Coun. [Reading.] " Eternally
Coun. No heed of her. Bring Huon back By fair means or by foul-persuasion lost, Let them resort to force-but not to harm A hair of his head. So be their numbers such As makes resistance idle. They are sure To track him, so they lose not time-and see They do not! If they waste a moment only, They answer for't. [Stephen going.] Stay, sir: a purse of gold
To every one of them-of gold, you mark
So that they bring him back; and one for you
In like event. [Stephen going.] A minute hence, observe, I look into the court-yard, and expect
To see them in their saddles, and away!
Upon their lives I charge them bring him back! [Exeunt, Stephen, L., Countess and Ulrick, R.
END OF ACT III.
SCENE I.-A Room in the Castle.
Ulrick. At length-the day almost arrived that brings The tournament, whose issue brings to her A consort for her state-she yields me audience. Is it for loss of Huon she has pined, And kept herself forbiddingly alone? If so, why give his hand to Catherine? This is a mystery, the which the more I try to sound, the deeper doth it grow; While surmise after surmise rises, as Report succeeds report of high exploits Achieved by this unknown adventurer. Who now stands next the Empress chief in place, That even he and Huon are the same! Should it be so, and he should come along, What then the issue of her meeting with him? This I revolve, and with a troubled heart, That sees no end to its perplexity. How changed she is! Her fiery eye is quenched!
Her head its haughty carriage hath abated,
Enter COUNTESS, R. S. E., with a parchment in her hand. Coun. I have perused the testament, my lord, Carefully, word for word, and see no mention, Either directly or by implication, Touching the quality of him may win me.
Ulrick. No, none is made; a slight omission only. Coun. Yet space enough to let my will creep through. You say, my lord, you have made proclamation Of this fair passage far and wide?
Ulrick. I have.
Coun. And now expect the Empress ?
Coun. And with her?
Ulrick. The noblest of her court; a glorious crowd; Among the rest, her favourite; that youth With whose exploits the wondering realm resounds, Who, in so brief a space, without a name, Has made himself the noblest which the tongue Of high renown rings out.
Coun. That youth! what youth?
Ulrick. A young adventurer, of whom it seems
Coun. I never heard of him before.
Ulrick. So please you, madam, you forget, till now, Since that your father died and Huon fled, Save your new secretary, you have deigned With none vouchsafe communing.
Coun. You are right:
I have forgot the world, time, everything!
Ulrick. His titles change
So fast-the former almost new as its
Successor scarce I know now his present style.
Coun. His name, I mean.
Ulrick. His name I know not, madam.
Coun. [Aside.] What moves wy heart, so leaden dull before?
Why did it leap at mention of the stranger?—
Has he been seen by any whom we know,
With none of these have seen him.
Coun. [Abstractedly.] Happy woman:
Coun. The Empress is a happy woman.
Ulrick. So in this instance hath her highness done,
Coun. What! means she to espouse him?
Matter to wonder at, yet justified.
Coun. I never dreamt of an abyss so hideous
Ulrick. [Alarmed at her vehemence.] Madam!
Coun. Ay! what's the matter? [Aside.] I am frightened At myself? [Aloud.[ My lord, my spirits are so dreamy, Things which are not, I see-which are, see not! Pray do not heed me. For this tournament, Thus near without obstruction on my part Hath it approached; but pray you, keep in mind On what condition: that at any time The husband it awards, revolting to me, 1 am at liberty to make a choice Between a husband and the cloister. I'll read the will again.
Enter STEPHEN, hastily, L.
[Sits down and reads.
Stephen. News! news! my lord.
Well, what of Huon-is he found?
Coun. Propitious Heaven, at what a time! where
Stephen. In the suite of the Empress.
Coun. Well,-go on !
Stephen. I saw him! More. That sun of chivalry Hath suddenly blazed forth in the brief war So late gone by, and dazzled friends and foesThe fav'rite of the Empress
Coun. Well? Go on!
Stephen. Huon and he are one.
Send him away.
[She staggers to a seat, Ulrick supports her. Ulrick. Hence, sir. [Exit Stephen, L.
Coun. Don't wonder at me!
Nor question me, whate'er I say or do!
[Aside.] Where shall we meet? In the garden? No; the garden
Is overlooked. In the library? No;
[Exeunt, Countess, R., Ulrick, L.
SCENE II.-The Garden of the Castle.
Enter SIR RUPERT and SIR CONRAD, R.
Sir Rup. Time is the same. 'Tis our condition's changed.
The hours hang weary-heavy on our hands:
Sir Con. Eventful day,
The day he died! Eventful day to us!