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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

THE DYNASTS                   ACT iv
The Austrian officers arrange themselves as directed, and the body of the Austrians now file past their Conqueror, laying down their arms as they approach; some with angry gestures and words, others in moody silence.
Listen, I pray you, Generals gathered here. I tell you frankly that I know not why Your master wages this wild war with me. I know not what he seeks by such injustice, Unless to give me practice in my trade— That of a soldier—whereto I was bred : Deemed he my craft might slip from me, unplied ? Let him now own me still a dab therein!
MACK
Permit me, your Imperial Majesty, To speak one word in answer; which is this, No war was wished for by my Emperor : Russia constrained him to it!
NAPOLEON
If that be,
You are no more a European power.— I would point out to him that my resources Are not confined to these my musters here ; My prisoners of war, in route for France, Will see some marks of my resources there! Two hundred thousand volunteers, right fit, Will join my standards at a single nod, And in six weeks prove soldiers to the bone, Whilst your recruits, compulsion's scavengings, Scarce weld to warriors after toilsome years.
But I want nothing on this Continent : The English only are my enemies. Ships, colonies, and commerce I desire, Yea, therewith to advantage you as me. Let me then charge your Emperor, my brother,
To turn his feet the shortest way to peace__
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