The Postmaster of Prenzlau, and Other Tales. from the Germ

The Postmaster of Prenzlau, and Other Tales. from the Germ

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... posts. Her son Gebhard constantly urged her to allow him to follow his brothers to the battle; but she refused him with all the power of maternal love. She said that it was enough for her to have sent five sons to the war. She was an old woman, and must at least keep the sixth, the youngest, by her side. Gebhard loved his mother far too well to cause her sorrow by perversity or open disobedience. But in silence and solitude he deeply repined when he heard of the victories of his fellow-countrymen and of his brothers. It grieved him much that he could not stand with them in the ranks and fight, too, for the Emperor and for his beloved fatherland. But soon worse tidings came. The eldest brother had been wounded in a battle, and, after a heroic resistance, been taken prisoner by the French. His brothers and friends had endeavoured to rescue him. In the struggle which ensued Magdalene's second son slew the leader of the enemy; but soon after he sank down, pierced by five bayonet thrusts, into the arms of his rescued brother, who, exhausted by great loss of blood, succumbed also, and a few minutes after followed his brother and deliverer into eternity. Both brothers were laid side by side in one grave. Thus had the mother lost two of her sons in this patriotic warfare. Now she really felt for the first time how dear her children were to her. But, as a pious Christian, she yielded to God's will, and said with Job, " The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." It may well be imagined that the old woman now guarded her Gebhard, her treasure, more anxiously than ever; but it may also be understood that the youth was animated with burning indignation against the slayers of his brethren. In his heart he...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984625
  • 9781236984623