Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3

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Author: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Scene XIII.

A Gallery.

CARLOS entering in extreme agitation, COUNT LERMA
meeting him.

CARLOS. I have been seeking you.

LERMA.
And I your highness.

CARLOS. For heaven’s sake is it true?

LERMA.
What do you mean?

CARLOS. That the king drew his dagger, and that she Was borne, all bathed in blood, from the apartment? Now answer me, by all that’s sacred; say, What am I to believe? What truth is in it?

LERMA. She fainted, and so grazed her skin in falling That is the whole.

CARLOS.
Is there no further danger? Count, answer on your honor.

LERMA.
For the queen No further danger; for yourself, there’s much!

CARLOS. None for my mother. Then, kind Heaven, I thank thee. A dreadful rumor reached me that the king Raved against child and mother, and that some Dire secret was discovered.

LERMA.
And the last May possibly be true.

CARLOS.
Be true! What mean you?

LERMA. One warning have I given you, prince, already, And that to-day, but you despised it; now Perhaps you’ll profit better by a second.

CARLOS. Explain yourself.

LERMA.
If I mistake not, prince, A few days since I noticed in your hands An azure-blue portfolio, worked in velvet And chased with gold.

CARLOS (with anxiety).
Yes, I had such a one.

LERMA. And on the cover, if I recollect, a portrait Set in pearls?

CARLOS.
’Tis right; go on.

LERMA. I entered the king’s chamber on a sudden, And in his hands I marked that same portfolio, The Marquis Posa standing by his side.

CARLOS (after a short silence of astonishment, hastily). ’Tis false!

LERMA (warmly).
Then I’m a traitor!

CARLOS (looking steadfastly at him).
That you are!

LERMA. Well, I forgive you.

CARLOS (paces the apartment in extreme agitation, at length
stands still before him).
Has he injured thee? What have our guiltless ties of friendship done, That with a demon’s zeal thou triest to rend them?

LERMA. Prince, I respect the grief which renders you So far unjust.

CARLOS.
Heaven shield me from suspicion!

LERMA. And I remember, too, the king’s own words. Just as I entered he addressed the marquis: "How many thanks I owe you for this news."

CARLOS. Oh, say no more!

LERMA.
Duke Alva is disgraced! The great seal taken from the Prince Ruy Gomez, And given to the marquis.

CARLOS (lost in deep thought).
And from me Has he concealed all this? And why from me?

LERMA. As minister all-powerful, the court Looks on him now—as favorite unrivalled!

CARLOS. He loved me—loved me greatly: I was dear As his own soul is to him. That I know— Of that I’ve had a thousand proofs. But should The happiness of millions yield to one? Must not his country dearer to him prove Than Carlos? One friend only is too few For his capacious heart. And not enough Is Carlos’ happiness to engross his love. He offers me a sacrifice to virtue; And shall I murmur at him? Now ’tis certain I have forever lost him.

[He steps aside and covers his face.

LERMA.
Dearest prince! How can I serve you?

CARLOS (without looking at him).
Get you to the king; Go and betray me. I have naught to give.

LERMA. Will you then stay and brave the ill that follows?

CARLOS (leans on a balustrade and looks forward with a vacant gaze). I’ve lost him now, and I am destitute!

LERMA (approaching him with sympathizing emotion). And will you not consult your safety, prince?

CARLOS. My safety! Generous man!

LERMA:
And is there, then, No other person you should tremble for?

CARLOS (starts up). Heavens! you remind me now. Alas! My mother! The letter that I gave him—first refused— Then after, gave him!

[He paces backwards and forwards with agitation,
wringing his hands.

Has she then deserved This blow from him? He should have spared her, Lerma.

[In a hasty, determined tone.

But I must see her—warn her of her danger— I must prepare her, Lerma, dearest Lerma! Whom shall I send? Have I no friend remaining? Yes! Heaven be praised! I still have one; and now The worst is over.
[Exit quickly.

LEEMA (follows, and calls after him). Whither, whither, prince?

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Chicago: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, "Scene XIII.," Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, trans. R. D. Boylan in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3 (London: George Bell & Sons, 1881), Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQFCQJFJH8WFCZ.

MLA: von Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich. "Scene XIII." Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, translted by R. D. Boylan, in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, London, George Bell & Sons, 1881, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQFCQJFJH8WFCZ.

Harvard: von Schiller, JC, 'Scene XIII.' in Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, trans. . cited in 1881, Don Carlos, the Works of Frederick Schiller, Vol. 3, George Bell & Sons, London. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBQFCQJFJH8WFCZ.