Otho The Great
A Tragedy in Five Acts
Ludolph, his Son.
Conrad, Duke of Franconia.
Albert, a Knight, favoured by Otho.
Sigifred, an Officer, friend of Ludolph.
Theodore Gonfrid Officers.
ethelbert, an Abbot.
Gersa, Prince of Hungary.
An Hungarian Captain.
Nobles, Knights, Attendants, and Soldiers.
Erminia, Niece of Otho.
Auranthe, Conrads Sister.
Ladies and Attendants.
Scene: The Castle of Friedburg, its vicinity, and the Hungarian Camp. Time, One Day.
Scene I.An Apartment in the Castle.
Amid the wreck of thousands I am whole;
For every crime I have a laurel-wreath,
For every lie a lordship. Nor yet has
My ship of fortune furled her silken sails,
Let her glide on! This dangered neck is saved,
By dexterous policy from the rebels axe;
And of my ducal palace not one stone
Is bruised by the Hungarian petards.
Toil hard, ye slaves, and from the miser-earth
Bring forth once more my bullion, treasured deep,
With all my jewelled salvers, silver and gold.
And precious goblets that make rich the wine.
But why do I stand babbling to myself?
Where is Auranthe? I have news for her
Auranthe. Conrad! what tidings? Good, if I may guess
Conrad. You guess aright. And, sister, slurring oer
Auranthe. So serious?
Conrad. Yes, so serious, that before
Auranthe. I prythee, Conrad, do not overact
Conrad. Trust me for once. That you may be assured
Auranthe. I confess
Conrad. I saw my moment. The Hungarians,
Auranthe. So far yourself. But what is this to me
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