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The Death of Wallenstein

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SCENE I. A room fitted up for astrological labors, and provided withcelestial charts, with globes, telescopes, quadrants, and othermathematical instruments. Seven colossal figures, representing theplanets, each with a transparent star of different color on itshead, stand in a semicircle in the background, so that Mars andSaturn are nearest the eye. The remainder of the scene and itsdisposition is given in the fourth scene of the second act. Theremust be a curtain over the figures, which may be dropped and concealthem on occasions.[In the fifth scene of this act it must be dropped; but in theseventh scene it must be again drawn up wholly or in part.]WALLENSTEIN at a black table, on which, a speculum astrologicum isdescribed with chalk. SENI is taking observations through a window.WALLENSTEIN.All well—and now let it be ended, Seni. Come,The dawn commences, and Mars rules the hour;We must give o'er the operation. Come,We know enough.SENI.Your highness must permit meJust to contemplate Venus. She is now risingLike as a sun so shines she in the east.WALLENSTEIN.She is at present in her perigee,And now shoots down her strongest influences.[Contemplating the figure on the table.Auspicious aspect! fateful in conjunction,At length the mighty three corradiate;And the two stars of blessing, JupiterAnd Venus, take between them the malignantSlyly-malicious Mars, and thus compelInto my service that old mischief-founder:For long he viewed me hostilely, and everWith beam oblique, or perpendicular,Now in the Quartile, now in the Secundan,Shot his red lightnings at my stars, disturbingTheir blessed influences and sweet aspects:Now they have conquered the old enemy,And bring him in the heavens a prisoner to me.SENI (who has come down from the window).And in a corner-house, your highness—think of that!That makes each influence of double strength.WALLENSTEIN.And sun and moon, too, in the Sextile aspect,The soft light with the vehement—so I love it.Sol is the heart, Luna the head of heaven,Bold be the plan, fiery the execution.SENI.And both the mighty Lumina by noMaleficus affronted. Lo! Saturnus,Innocuous, powerless, in cadente Domo.WALLENSTEIN.The empire of Saturnus is gone by;Lord of the secret birth of things is he;Within the lap of earth, and in the depthsOf the imagination dominates;And his are all things that eschew the light.The time is o'er of brooding and contrivance,For Jupiter, the lustrous, lordeth now,And the dark work, complete of preparation,He draws by force into the realm of light.Now must we hasten on to action, ereThe scheme, and most auspicious positureParts o'er my head, and takes once more its flight,For the heaven's journey still, and adjourn not.[There are knocks at the door.There's some one knocking there. See who it is.TERZKY (from without).Open, and let me in.WALLENSTEIN.Ay—'tis Terzky.What is there of such urgence? We are busy.TERZKY (from without).Lay all aside at present, I entreat you;It suffers no delaying....