SCENE i PART SECOND
The Emperor has just left me. We have tapped This theme and that; his Empress and—his next. Ay, so! Now, guess you anything ?
No more than that the stock of Romanoff Will not supply the spruce commodity.
And that the would-be customer turns toe To our shop in Vienna.
And comprehensible but as the dream Of Delaborde, of which I have lately heard. It will not work!—What think you, madame, on't ?
That it will work, and is as good as wrought!— I break it to you thus, at his request. In brief time Prince Eugene will wait on you, And make the formal offer in his name.
Which I can but receive ad referendum, And shall initially make clear as much, Disclosing not a glimpse of my own mind ! Meanwhile you make good Metternich aware ?
I write this midnight, that amaze may pitch To coolness ere your messenger arrives.