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    Act V

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    SCENE I. A.D. 1235.

    A Convent at Marpurg.
    Cloisters of the infirmary.
    Two aged monks sitting.

    1st Monk. So they will publish to-day the Landgravine's
    canonisation, and translate her to the new church prepared for her.
    Alack, now, that all the world should be out sight-seeing and saint-
    making, and we laid up here, like two lame jackdaws in a belfry!

    2d Monk. Let be, man--let be. We have seen sights and saints in
    our time. And, truly, this insolatio suits my old bones better than
    processioning.

    1st Monk. 'Tis pleasant enough in the sun, were it not for the
    flies. Look--there's a lizard. Come you here, little run-about;
    here's game for you.

    2d Monk. A tame fool, and a gay one--Munditiae mundanis.

    1st Monk. Catch him a fat fly--my hand shaketh.

    2d Monk. If one of your new-lights were here, now, he'd pluck him
    for a fiend, as Dominic did the live sparrow in chapel.

    1st Monk. There will be precious offerings made to-day, of which
    our house will get its share.

    2d Monk. Not we; she always favoured the Franciscans most.

    1st Monk. 'Twas but fair--they were her kith and kin.
    She lately put on the habit of their third minors.

    2d Monk. So have half the fine gentlemen and ladies in Europe.
    There's one of your new inventions, now, for letting grand folks
    serve God and mammon at once, and emptying honest monasteries, where
    men give up all for the Gospel's sake. And now these Pharisees of
    Franciscans will go off with full pockets--

    1st Monk. While we poor publicans--

    2d Monk. Shall not come home all of us justified, I think.

    1st Monk. How? Is there scandal among us?

    2d Monk. Ask not--ask not. Even a fool, when he holds his peace,
    is counted wise. Of all sins, avoid that same gossiping.

    1st Monk. Nay, tell me now. Are we not like David and Jonathan?
    Have we not worked together, prayed together, journeyed together,
    and been soundly flogged together, more by token, any time this
    forty years? And now is news so plenty, that thou darest to defraud
    me of a morsel?

    2d Monk. I'll tell thee--but be secret. I knew a man hard by the
    convent [names are dangerous, and a bird of the air shall carry the
    matter], one that hath a mighty eye for a heretic, if thou knowest
    him.

    1st Monk. Who carries his poll screwed on over-tight, and sits with
    his eyes shut in chapel?

    2d Monk. The same. Such a one to be in evil savour--to have the
    splendour of the pontifical countenance turned from him, as though
    he had taken Christians for Amalekites, and slain the people of the
    Lord.

    1st Monk. How now?

    2d Monk. I only speak as I hear: for my sister's son is chaplain,
    for the time being, to a certain Archisacerdos, a foreigner, now
    lodging where thou knowest. The young mail being hid, after some
    knavery, behind the arras, in come our quidam and that prelate. The
    quidam, surly and Saxon--the guest, smooth and Italian; his words
    softer than butter, yet very swords: that this quidam had 'exceeded
    the bounds of his commission--launched out into wanton and lawless
    cruelty--burnt noble ladies unheard, of whose innocence the Holy See
    had proof--defiled the Catholic faith in the eyes of the weaker
    sort--and alienated the minds of many nobles and gentlemen'--and
    finally, that he who thinketh he standeth, were wise to take heed
    lest he fall.

    1st Monk. And what said Conrad?

    2d Monk. Out upon a man that cannot keep his lips! Who spake of
    Conrad? That quidam, however, answered nought, but--how 'to his own
    master he stood or fell'--how 'he laboured not for the Pope but for
    the Papacy'; and so forth.

    1st Monk. Here is awful doctrine! Behold the fruit of your
    reformers! This comes of their realised ideas, and centralisations,
    and organisations, till a monk cannot wink in chapel without being
    blinded with the lantern, or fall sick on Fridays, for fear of the
    rod. Have I not testified? Have I not foretold?

    2d Monk. Thou hast indeed. Thou knowest that the old paths are
    best, and livest in most pious abhorrence of all amendment.

    1st Monk. Do you hear that shout? There is the procession
    returning from the tomb.

    2d Monk. Hark to the tramp of the horse-hoofs! A gallant show,
    I'll warrant!

    1st Monk. Time was, now, when we were young bloods together in the
    world, such a roll as that would have set our hearts beating against
    their cages!

    2d Monk. Ay, ay. We have seen sport in our day; we have paraded
    and curvetted, eh? and heard scabbards jingle? We know the sly
    touch of the heel, that set him on his hind legs before the right
    window. Vanitas vanitatum--omnia vanitas! Here comes Gerard,
    Conrad's chaplain, with our dinner.

    [Gerard enters across the court.]

    1st Monk. A kindly youth and a godly, but--reformation-bitten, like
    the rest.

    2d Monk. Never care. Boys must take the reigning madness in
    religion, as they do the measles--once for all.

    1st Monk. Once too often for him. His face is too, too like Abel's
    in the chapel-window. Ut sis vitalis metuo, puer!

    Ger. Hail, fathers. I have asked permission of the prior to
    minister your refection, and bring you thereby the first news of the
    pageant.

    1st Monk. Blessings on thee for a good boy. Give us the trenchers,
    and open thy mouth while we open ours.

    2d Monk. Most splendid all, no doubt?

    Ger. A garden, sir,
    Wherein all rainbowed flowers were heaped together;
    A sea of silk and gold, of blazoned banners,
    And chargers housed; such glorious press, be sure,
    Thuringen-land ne'er saw.

    2d Monk. Just hear the boy!
    Who rode beside the bier?

    Ger. Frederic the Kaiser,
    Henry the Landgrave, brother of her husband;
    The Princesses, too, Agnes, and her mother;
    And every noble name, sir, at whose war-cry
    The Saxon heart leaps up; with them the prelates
    Of Treves, of Coln, and Maintz--why name them all?
    When all were there, whom this our fatherland
    Counts worthy of its love.

    1st Monk. 'Twas but her right.
    Who spoke the oration?

    Ger. Who but Conrad?

    2d Monk. Well--
    That's honour to our house.

    1st Monk. Come, tell us all.

    2d Monk. In order, boy: thou hast a ready tongue.

    Ger. He raised from off her face the pall, and 'Lo!'
    He cried, 'that saintly flesh which ye of late
    With sacrilegious hands, ere yet entombed,
    Had in your superstitious selfishness
    Almost torn piecemeal. Fools! Gross-hearted fools!
    These limbs are God's, not yours: in life for you
    They spent themselves; now till the judgment-day
    By virtue of the Spirit embalmed they lie--
    Touch them who dare. No! Would you find your Saint,
    Look up, not down, where even now she prays
    Beyond that blazing orb for you and me.
    Why hither bring her corpse? Why hide her clay
    In jewelled ark beneath God's mercy-seat--
    A speck of dust among these boundless aisles,
    Uprushing pillars, star-bespangled roofs,
    Whose colours mimic Heaven's unmeasured blue,
    Save to remind you, how she is not here,
    But risen with Him that rose, and by His blaze
    Absorbed, lives in the God for whom she died?
    Know her no more according to the flesh;
    Or only so, to brand upon your thoughts
    How she was once a woman--flesh and blood,
    Like you--yet how unlike! Hark while I tell ye.'

    2d Monk. How liked the mob all this? They hate him sore.

    Ger. Half awed, half sullen, till his golden lips
    Entranced all ears with tales so sad and strange,
    They seemed one life-long miracle: bliss and woe,
    Honour and shame--her daring--Heaven's stern guidance,
    Did each the other so outblaze.

    1st Monk. Great signs
    Did wait on her from youth.

    2d Monk. There went a tale
    Of one, a Zingar wizard, who, on her birthnight,
    He here in Eisenach, she in Presburg lying,
    Declared her natal moment, and the glory
    Which should befall her by the grace of God.

    Ger. He spoke of that, and many a wonder more,
    Melting all hearts to worship--how a robe
    Which from her shoulders, at a royal feast,
    To some importunate as alms she sent,
    By miracle within her bower was hung again:
    And how on her own couch the Incarnate Son
    In likeness of a leprous serf, she laid:
    And many a wondrous tale till now unheard;
    Which, from her handmaid's oath and attestation,
    Siegfried of Maintz to far Perugia sent,
    And sainted Umbria's labyrinthine hills,
    Even to the holy Council, where the Patriarchs
    Of Antioch and Jerusalem, and with them
    A host of prelates, magnates, knights, and nobles,
    Decreed and canonised her sainthood's palm.

    1st Monk. Mass, they could do no less.

    Ger. So thought my master--
    For 'Thus,' quoth he, 'the primates of the Faith
    Have, in the bull which late was read to you,
    Most wisely ratified the will of God
    Revealed in her life's splendour; for the next count--
    These miracles wherewith since death she shines--
    Since ye must have your signs, ere ye believe,
    And since without such tests the Roman Father
    Allows no saints to take their seats in heaven,
    Why, there ye have them; not a friar, I find,
    Or old wife in the streets, but counts some dozens
    Of blind, deaf, halt, dumb, palsied, and hysterical,
    Made whole at this her tomb. A corpse or two
    Was raised, they say, last week: Will that content you?
    Will that content her? Earthworms! Would ye please the dead,
    Bring sinful souls, not limping carcases
    To test her power on; which of you hath done that?
    Has any glutton learnt from her to fast?
    Or oily burgher dealt away his pelf?
    Has any painted Jezebel in sackcloth
    Repented of her vanities? Your patron?
    Think ye, that spell and flame of intercession,
    Melting God's iron will, which for your sakes
    She purchased by long agonies, was but meant
    To save your doctors' bills? If any soul
    Hath been by her made holier, let it speak!'

    2d Monk. Well spoken, Legate! Easier asked than answered.

    Ger. Not so, for on the moment, from the crowd
    Sprang out a gay and gallant gentleman
    Well known in fight and tourney, and aloud
    With sobs and blushes told, how he long time
    Had wallowed deep in mire of fleshly sin,
    And loathed, and fell again, and loathed in vain;
    Until the story of her saintly grace
    Drew him unto her tomb; there long prostrate
    With bitter cries he sought her, till at length
    The image of her perfect loveliness
    Transfigured all his soul, and from his knees
    He rose new-born, and, since that blessed day,
    In chastest chivalry, a spotless knight,
    Maintains the widow's and the orphan's cause.

    1st Monk. Well done! and what said Conrad?

    Ger. Oh, he smiled,
    As who should say, "Twas but the news I looked for.'
    Then, pointing to the banners borne on high,
    Where the sad story of her nightly penance
    Was all too truly painted--'Look!' he cried,
    "Twas thus she schooled her soft and shuddering flesh
    To dare and suffer for you!' Gay ladies sighed,
    And stern knights wept, and growled, and wept again.
    And then he told her alms, her mighty labours,
    Among God's poor, the schools wherein she taught;
    The babes she brought to the font, the hospitals
    Founded from her own penury, where she tended
    The leper and the fever-stricken serf
    With meanest office; how a dying slave
    Who craved in vain for milk she stooped to feed
    From her own bosom. At that crowning tale
    Of utter love, the dullest hearts caught fire
    Contagious from his lips--the Spirit's breath
    Low to the earth, like dewy-laden corn,
    Bowed the ripe harvest of that mighty host;
    Knees bent, all heads were bare; rich dames aloud
    Bewailed their cushioned sloth; old foes held out
    Long parted hands; low murmured vows and prayers
    Gained courage, till a shout proclaimed her saint,
    And jubilant thunders shook the ringing air,
    Till birds dropped stunned, and passing clouds bewept
    With crystal drops, like sympathising angels,
    Those wasted limbs, whose sainted ivory round
    Shed Eden-odours: from his royal head
    The Kaiser took his crown, and on the bier
    Laid the rich offering; dames tore off their jewels--
    Proud nobles heaped with gold and gems her corse
    Whom living they despised: I saw no more--
    Mine eyes were blinded with a radiant mist--
    And I ran here to tell you.

    1st Monk. Oh, fair olive,
    Rich with the Spirit's unction, how thy boughs
    Rain balsams on us!

    2d Monk. Thou didst sell thine all--
    And bought'st the priceless pearl!

    1st Monk. Thou holocaust of Abel,
    By Cain in vain despised!

    2d Monk. Thou angels' playmate
    Of yore, but now their judge!

    Ger. Thou alabaster,
    Broken at last, to fill the house of God
    With rich celestial fragrance!

    [Etc. etc., ad libitum.]

    SCENE II

    A room in a convent at Mayence. Conrad alone.

    Con. The work is done! Diva Elizabeth!
    And I have trained one saint before I die!
    Yet now 'tis done, is't well done? On my lips
    Is triumph: but what echo in my heart?
    Alas! the inner voice is sad and dull,
    Even at the crown and shout of victory.
    Oh! I had hugged this purpose to my heart,
    Cast by for it all ruth, all pride, all scruples;
    Yet now its face, that seemed as pure as crystal,
    Shows fleshly, foul, and stained with tears and gore!
    We make, and moil, like children in their gardens,
    And spoil with dabbled hands, our flowers i' the planting.
    And yet a saint is made! Alas, those children!
    Was there no gentler way? I know not any:
    I plucked the gay moth from the spider's web;
    What if my hasty hand have smirched its feathers?
    Sure, if the whole be good, each several part
    May for its private blots forgiveness gain,
    As in man's tabernacle, vile elements
    Unite to one fair stature. Who'll gainsay it?
    The whole is good; another saint in heaven;
    Another bride within the Bridegroom's arms;
    And she will pray for me!--And yet what matter?
    Better that I, this paltry sinful unit,
    Fall fighting, crushed into the nether pit,
    If my dead corpse may bridge the path to Heaven,
    And damn itself, to save the souls of others.
    A noble ruin: yet small comfort in it;
    In it, or in aught else----
    A blank dim cloud before mine inward sense
    Dulls all the past: she spoke of such a cloud--
    I struck her for't, and said it was a fiend--
    She's happy now, before the throne of God--
    I should be merry; yet my heart's floor sinks
    As on a fast day; sure some evil bodes.
    Would it were here, that I might see its eyes!
    The future only is unbearable!
    We quail before the rising thunderstorm
    Which thrills and whispers in the stifled air,
    Yet blench not, when it falls. Would it were here!

    [Pause.]

    I fain would sleep, yet dare not: all the air
    Throngs thick upon me with the pregnant terror
    Of life unseen, yet near. I dare not meet them,
    As if I sleep I shall do--I again?
    What matter what I feel, or like, or fear?
    Come what God sends. Within there--Brother Gerard!

    [Gerard enters.]

    Watch here an hour, and pray.--The fiends are busy.
    So--hold my hand. [Crosses himself.] Come on, I fear you not.
    [Sleeps.]

    [Gerard sings.]

    Qui fugiens rnundi gravia
    Contempsit carnis bravia,
    Cupidinisque somnia,
    Lucratur, perdens, omnia.

    Hunc gestant ulnis angeli,
    Ne lapis officiat pedi;
    Ne luce timor occupet,
    Aut nocte pestis incubet.

    Huic coeli lilia germinant;
    Arrisus sponsi permanent;
    Ac nomen in fidelibus
    Quam filiorum medius. [Sleeps.]

    . . . . .

    Conrad [awaking]. Stay! Spirits, stay! Art thou a hell-born
    phantasm,
    Or word too true, sent by the mother of God?
    Oh, tell me, queen of Heaven!
    O God! if she, the city of the Lord,
    Who is the heart, the brain, the ruling soul
    Of half the earth; wherein all kingdoms, laws,
    Authority, and faith do culminate,
    And draw from her their sanction and their use;
    The lighthouse founded on the rock of ages,
    Whereto the Gentiles look, and still are healed;
    The tree whose rootlets drink of every river,
    Whose boughs drop Eden fruits on seaward isles;
    Christ's seamless coat, rainbowed with gems and hues
    Of all degrees and uses, rend, and tarnish,
    And crumble into dust!
    Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas!
    Oh! to have prayed, and toiled--and lied--for this!
    For this to have crushed out the heart of youth,
    And sat by calm, while living bodies burned!
    How! Gerard; sleeping!
    Couldst thou not watch with me one hour, my son?

    Ger. [awaking]. How! have I slept? Shame on my vaporous brain!
    And yet there crept along my hand from thine
    A leaden languor, and the drowsy air
    Teemed thick with humming wings--I slept perforce.
    Forgive me (while for breach of holy rule
    Due penance shall seem honour) my neglect.

    Con. I should have beat thee for't, an hour agone--
    Now I judge no man. What are rules and methods?
    I have seen things which make my brain-sphere reel:
    My magic teraph-bust, full-packed, and labelled,
    With saws, ideas, dogmas, ends, and theories,
    Lies shivered into dust. Pah! we do squint
    Each through his loophole, and then dream, broad heaven
    Is but the patch we see. But let none know;
    Be silent, Gerard, wary.

    Ger. Nay--I know nought
    Of that which moves thee: though I fain would ask--

    Con. I saw our mighty Mother, Holy Church,
    Sit like a painted harlot: round her limbs
    An oily snake had coiled, who smiled, and smiled,
    And lisped the name of Jesus--I'll not tell thee:
    I have seen more than man can see, and live:
    God, when He grants the tree of knowledge, bans
    The luckless seer from off the tree of life,
    Lest he become as gods, and burst with pride;
    Or sick at sight of his own nothingness,
    Lie down, and be a fiend: my time is near:
    Well--I have neither child, nor kin, nor friend,
    Save thee, my son; I shall go lightly forth.
    Thou knowest we start for Marpurg on the morrow?
    Thou wilt go with me?

    Ger. Ay, to death, my master;
    Yet boorish heretics, with grounded throats,
    Mutter like sullen bulls; the Count of Saym,
    And many gentlemen, they say, have sworn
    A fearful oath: there's danger in the wind.

    Con. They have their quarrel; I was keen and hasty:
    Gladio qui utitur, peribit gladio.
    When Heaven is strong, then Hell is strong: Thou fear'st not?

    Ger. No! though their name were legion! 'Tis for thee
    Alone I quake, lest by some pious boldness
    Thou quench the light of Israel.

    Con. Light? my son!
    There shall no light be quenched, when I lie dark.
    Our path trends outward: we will forth to-morrow.
    Now let's to chapel; matin bells are ringing. [Exeunt.]

    SCENE III

    A road between Eisenach and Marpurg. Peasants waiting by the
    roadside. Walter of Varila, the Count of Saym, and other gentlemen
    entering on horseback.

    Gent. Talk not of honour--Hell's aflame within me:
    Foul water quenches fire as well as fair;
    If I do meet him he shall die the death,
    Come fair, come foul: I tell you, there are wrongs
    The fumbling piecemeal law can never touch,
    Which bring of themselves to the injured, right divine,
    Straight from the fount of right, above all parchments,
    To be their own avengers: dainty lawyers,
    If one shall slay the adulterer in the act,
    Dare not condemn him: girls have stabbed their tyrants,
    And common sense has crowned them saints; yet what--
    What were their wrongs to mine? All gone! All gone!
    My noble boys, whom I had trained, poor fools,
    To win their spurs, and ride afield with me!
    I could have spared them--but my wife! my lady!
    Those dainty limbs, which no eyes but mine--
    Before that ruffian mob--Too much for man!
    Too much, stern Heaven!--Those eyes, those hands,
    Those tender feet, where I have lain and worshipped--
    Food for fierce flames! And on the self-same day--
    The day that they were seized--unheard--unargued--
    No witness, but one vile convicted thief--
    The dog is dead and buried: Well done, henchmen!
    They are not buried! Pah! their ashes flit
    About the common air; we pass them--breathe them!
    The self-same day! If I had had one look!
    One word--one single tiny spark of word,
    Such as two swallows change upon the wing!
    She was no heretic: she knelt for ever
    Before the blessed rood, and prayed for me.
    Art sure he comes this road?

    C. Saym. My messenger
    Saw him start forth, and watched him past the crossways.
    An hour will bring him here.

    C. Wal. How! ambuscading?
    I'll not sit by, while helpless priests are butchered.
    Shame, gentles!

    C. Saym. On my word, I knew not on't
    Until this hour; my quarrel's not so sharp,
    But I may let him pass: my name is righted
    Before the Emperor, from all his slanders;
    And what's revenge to me?

    Gent. Ay, ay--forgive and forget--
    The vermin's trapped--and we'll be gentle-handed,
    And lift him out, and bid his master speed him,
    Him and his firebrands. He shall never pass me.

    C. Wal. I will not see it; I'm old, and sick of blood.
    She loved him, while she lived; and charged me once,
    As her sworn liegeman, not to harm the knave.
    I'll home: yet, knights, if aught untoward happen,
    And you should need a shelter, come to me:
    My walls are strong. Home, knaves! we'll seek our wives,
    And beat our swords to ploughshares--when folks let us.

    [Exeunt Count Walter and suite.]

    C. Saym. He's gone, brave heart!--But--sir, you will not dare?
    The Pope's own Legate--think--there's danger in't.

    Gent. Look, how athwart yon sullen sleeping flats
    That frowning thunder-cloud sails pregnant hither;--
    And black against its sheeted gray, one bird
    Flags fearful onward--'Tis his cursed soul!
    Now thou shalt quake, raven!--The self-same day!--
    He cannot 'scape! The storm is close upon him!
    There! There! the wreathing spouts have swallowed him!
    He's gone! and see, the keen blue spark leaps out
    From crag to crag, and every vaporous pillar
    Shouts forth his death-doom! 'Tis a sign, a sign!

    [A heretic preacher mounts a stone. Peasants gather round him.]

    These are the starved unlettered hinds, forsooth,
    He hunted down like vermin--for a doctrine.
    They have their rights, their wrongs; their lawless laws,
    Their witless arguings, which unconscious reason
    Informs to just conclusions. We will hear them.

    Preacher. My brethren, I have a message to you: therefore hearken
    with all your ears--for now is the day of salvation. It is written,
    that the children of this world are in their generation wiser than
    the children of light--and truly: for the children of this world,
    when they are troubled with vermin, catch them--and hear no more of
    them. But you, the children of light, the elect saints, the poor of
    this world rich in faith, let the vermin eat your lives out, and
    then fall down and worship them afterwards. You are all besotted--
    hag-ridden--drunkards sitting in the stocks, and bowing down to the
    said stocks, and making a god thereof. Of part, said the prophet,
    ye make a god, and part serveth to roast--to roast the flesh of your
    sons and of your daughters; and then ye cry, 'Aha, I am warm, I have
    seen the fire;' and a special fire ye have seen! The ashes of your
    wives and of your brothers cleave to your clothes,--Cast them up to
    Heaven, cry aloud, and quit yourselves like men!

    Gent. He speaks God's truth! We are Heaven's justicers! Our woes
    anoint us kings! Peace--Hark again!--

    Preacher. Therefore, as said before--in the next place--It is
    written, that there shall be a two-edged sword in the hand of the
    saints. But the saints have but two swords--Was there a sword or
    shield found among ten thousand in Israel? Then let Israel use his
    fists, say I, the preacher! For this man hath shed blood, and by
    man shall his blood be shed. Now behold an argument,--This man hath
    shed blood, even Conrad; ergo, as he saith himself, ye, if ye are
    men, shall shed his blood. Doth he not himself say ergo? Hath he
    not said ergo to the poor saints, to your sons and your daughters,
    whom he hath burned in the fire to Moloch? 'Ergo, thou art a
    heretic'--'Ergo, thou shalt burn.' Is he not therefore convicted
    out of his own mouth? Arise, therefore, be valiant--for this day he
    is delivered into your hand!

    [Chanting heard in the distance.]

    Peasant. Hush! here the psalm-singers come!

    [Conrad enters on a mule, chanting the Psalter, Gerard following.]

    Con. My peace with you, my children!

    1st Voice. Psalm us no psalms; bless us no devil's blessings:
    Your balms will break our heads. [A murmur rises.]

    2d Voice. You are welcome, sir; we are a-waiting for you.

    3d Voice. Has he been shriven to-day?

    4th Voice. Where is your ergo, Master Conrad? Faugh!
    How both the fellows smell of smoke!

    5th Voice. A strange leech he, to suck, and suck, and suck,
    And look no fatter for't!

    Old Woman. Give me back my sons!

    Old Man. Give me back the light of mine eyes,
    Mine only daughter!
    My only one! He hurled her over the cliffs!
    Avenge me, lads; you are young!

    4th Voice. We will, we will: why smit'st him not, thou with the
    pole-axe?

    3d Voice. Nay, now, the first blow costs most, and heals last;
    Besides, the dog's a priest at worst.

    C. Saym. Mass! How the shaveling rascal stands at bay!
    There's not a rogue of them dare face his eye!
    True Domini canes! 'Ware the bloodhound's teeth, curs!

    Preacher. What! Are ye afraid? The huntsman's here at last
    Without his whip! Down with him, craven hounds!
    I'll help ye to't. [Springs from the stone.]

    Gent. Ay, down with him! Mass, have these yelping boors
    More heart than I? [Spurs his horse forward.]

    Mob. A knight! a champion!

    Voice. He's not mortal man!
    See how his eyes shine! 'Tis the archangel!
    St. Michael come to the rescue! Ho! St. Michael!

    [He lunges at Conrad. Gerard turns the lance aside, and throws his
    arms round Conrad.]

    Ger. My master! my master! The chariot of Israel and the horses
    thereof!
    Oh call down fire from Heaven!

    [A peasant strikes down Gerard. Conrad, over the body.]

    Alas! my son! This blood shall cry for vengeance
    Before the throne of God!

    Gent. And cry in vain!
    Follow thy minion! Join Folquet in hell!

    [Bears Conrad down on his lance-point.]

    Con. I am the vicar of the Vicar of Christ:
    Who touches me doth touch the Son of God.

    [The mob close over him.]

    O God! A martyr's crown! Elizabeth! [Dies.]
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