The life of general de Zieten, tr. by B. Beresford, Zväzok 1

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Strana 207 - UisrriBG wisdom with courage, contempt of danger with perseverance, dexterity with presence of mind, and activity with the most perfect command of temper ; he conceived his plans with the progressiveness of the rising storm, and executed them with the rapidity of the thunderbolt.
Strana 208 - ... he was disinterested and unassuming ; ever careless of acquiring the approbation of the great, or the admiration of the multitude, he was more desirous to be really good than to appear so ; ready to do justice to the merit of another, he esteemed every one who was commendable for his conduct and virtues, and openly contemned such as were degraded by their vices.
Strana 209 - Hence he possessed the esteem of the king and his brother-officers, and acquired an unbounded ascendancy over the troops he commanded; who, fully sensible of his talents and his patriotism, were persuaded he would never lead them to face destruction, but when honour and necessity required it, and when victory would crown the enterprise. His name acquired universal celebrity; he was justly ranked among the most distinguished generals of the Prussian army, and considered as the model of a virtuous...
Strana 208 - ... bending under the yoke of fear, or servilely cringing to authority, he invariably supported his dignity and character on every occasion. Such had been the general tenor of his conduct during the two Silesian wars, that he was considered as the tutelary genius of the army, the safety of which was in fact committed to his care in every march that was undertaken. Were the enemy to be attacked his station was in the van. Was it expedient to withdraw from action ? — he it was who covered the retreat....
Strana 303 - These few words triumphed over the firmness of our hero and found the way to his heart. He threw himself at the monarch's feet and vowed to shed the last drop of his blood in his service.
Strana 210 - The pernicious maxim (the maxim of his day) that the duty of a soldier supersedes that of a man, was never adopted by him. The horrors of war, to which he had been inured, never steeled his heart to the softer .calls of humanity ; and such feelings he considered, not only as far from degrading his profession, but even as one of its most noble appendages. Severe in the field, and inexorable in whatever regarded the duties of the military life, (because he himself was...
Strana 214 - ... they were going to occupy it; and having taken from the baggage-waggons which had been driven into the marsh as many horses as were necessary to draw the artillery, he was enabled to rescue the whole corps.
Strana 213 - During the seven years' war, a Prussian General had a dangerous defile to pass. On the right rose a steep hill, on the left lay a marsh, and at the end a bridge, the sole outlet of this defile. From the hill, which the enemy had occupied, they harassed the troops, whom the General, with a view of saving the baggage, (part of which belonged to himself,) had left in a defenceless condition. Their ranks were soon broken, and they were hurried in great disorder across the bridge. Zieten, who followed...
Strana 212 - ... was never known to deprive the inhabitant of what was absolutely necessary to him, or to commit a single act of barbarity. The soldier loved him still more than he feared him. In every place his preservation -was the object of universal concern. Not only his own country but the nations who had known him as their enemy only, did ample justice to his disinterestedness and greatness of mind.

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