The life of general de Zieten, tr. by B. Beresford

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Page i - How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest ! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
Page i - When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung ; By forms unseen their dirge is sung ; There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay ; And Freedom shall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping hermit there.
Page 260 - Well, comrades," he would say, " what are you doing there?" As soon as his voice was heard, they would instantly appear, and cry out, " Long live our good father Zieten !" " Well, and how do things go on with you ?" he would add. If they should answer,
Page 263 - ... general detached to the left, for the purpose of reconnoitring a •wood, two squadrons of the regiment of Finkenstein's dragoons, — a corps which his majesty had an aversion to. The head of these squadrons met in a valley a body of Austrian cavalry, consisting (as it has since appeared) of forty-two squadrons, • As they were confined to a narrow pass, it was possible to attack them with advantage, provided the charge was made in a bold manner, and with all the appearance of being properly...
Page 115 - ... be proper to suspend his new commission for a while, and to degrade him to his former rank. His majesty, in compliance with the...
Page 291 - ... superstitious servility. His sentiments of religion were pure and simple. He considered it as an homage due to the Supreme Being; and as long as his health permitted him, he was a constant frequenter of public worship. At no time, indeed, was he ever neglectful of the duty of prayer ; nor did a day pass without his having acquitted himself of it in the silence of his closet, excluded from the observation of the whole world. His prayers were not limited to any fixed periods ; he consecrated to...
Page 258 - By day and by night, while the rest of the army were taking their repose, he was on horseback, examining the face of the country in order to discover on what point the enemy might probably make an attack, and what spots were best adapted for making a defence.
Page 203 - His great soul gave way to melancholy presentiments : he hesitated for the first time, on the part he had to act. Undetermined whether he should run this desperate risk, he held a conference with his generals, in Zieten's presence. Depressed by apprehension, rather than encouraged by hope, he imparted his doubts and surmises, and in this manner impressed them with the like sentiments How, indeed, should they have ventured to recommend what his own courage had not already suggested, or take upon themselves...
Page 264 - ... king that I request him to let them go on, and that he himself would have the goodness to be witness to their success; that I have always said they were brave troops; that it is now their business to shew themselves such; and that I shall take care to send the rest of the regiment to their succour.
Page 260 - Jake courage, comrades," he would answer, "If qhings go ill to-day, they may grow better to-morrow." He has been frequently seen to alight from his horse, and converse with his veteran grenadiers: he has dispelled the cloud that hung upon their brows, and often rendered them insensible to the torments of hunger by regaling them plentifully with hope. This great popularity, accompanied with a frank benevolence lence of disposition which extended itself indiscriminately to every individual in the camp,...

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