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answered; the sergeant replied; and the dialogue ended with several strokes with the flat side of the sword, which Guillermo received. Several persons passing by took the vintner's part; the sergeant wounded three or four, but was suddenly fallen on by a crowd of alguazils, who seized him as a disturber of the public peace and carried him to prison. He there declared what I have told you: and upon his deposition, the officers have also seized Guillermo; the father-in-law requires the annulling of the marriage; and the Holy Office being informed that Guillermo is rich, have thought fit to take cognizance of it."
"As I hope to be saved," said Don Cleofas, "this same Holy Inquisition is very alert. The moment they see the least glimpse of profit "—
"Softly," interrupted the cripple; "have a care what freedom you take with this tribunal, for it has its spies everywhere, even of things that were never spoken. I myself dare not speak of it without trembling."
GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING.
GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING, a celebrated German dramatist and critic, born at Kamenz in 1729; died at Brunswick in 1781. At the age of seventeen he was sent to the University of Leipzic to study theology. But he found the stage more attractive than the pulpit, and wrote several dramatic pieces. At twenty he went to Berlin, when he devoted himself to literary pursuits. He early conceived the project of freeing German literature from the preva lent imitation of that of France, and giving it a new and original character. In conjunction with Nicolai he founded the Literaturbriefe, a periodical. About 1763 he produced the admirable drama "Minna von Barnhelm." In 1772 he put forth the tragedy "Emilia Galotti;" this still remains one of the best tragedies on the German stage. In 1776 he published "Laocoon" a treatise upon Painting and Poetry. In 1779 he put forth the dramatic poem "Nathan the Wise." His latest work, published in 1780, was "The Education of the Human Race." All the foregoing have been excellently translated into English. A complete edition of his "Works," in 30 vols., was published at Berlin in 1771-1794.
- Thy name is Nathan.
FROM "NATHAN THE WISE."
Draw nearer, Jew! Still nearer! Close to me,
Let that be for thy foe!
What if they mean
Nathan the Wise ?
Well if not by thee thyself so called,
Maybe, the people.
By wise that he is only shrewd, and knows
And which each deems himself
And now of modesty enough!
But be honest, yes, be honest!
Nathan ―Then doubtless thou thyself wouldst know what I
Have on my journey, of the foe, who seems
To the matter now!
[He springs up.
It surely is my wish to serve thee so,
To serve me? how?
Of all shalt thou receive, and have it at
That too is not my drift
What dost thou speak of, Jew?
Not of thy wares!
I am a Jew.
And I a Mussulman.
Religions, one alone can be the true.
Me hear the reasons which I've lacked the time
That I may make it mine. How? Thou dost start?
A whim like this, which yet methinks is not
Or wishest thou to have
[Retires to an adjoining room.]
Hm! hm! How very strange!
What? I thought 'twas money, and he wishes — Truth.
As though 'twere coin-yes, ancient coin-that's weighed.
Are fed with tales. He comes.
Well, let him come.
[Aside - Here then the field is clear.] I've not returned Too soon for thee? Are thy reflections ended? If so, speak out. There's none that hears us here. Nathan Would the whole world might hear us. Saladin
If it be needful, yes!
Or be of use.
Henceforth then I may hope
That I rightly bear one of my titles:
I'm always fond of tales if they're well told. Nathan -To tell them well is not my strongest point.
Saladin-Again so proudly modest? Make haste! the tale!
Nathan -In olden times a man lived in the East,
Who from a loving hand possessed a ring
Yes; go on!
To one who was the father of three sons,
And all of whom he therefore could not help