family, and, for all your pride, are of equal birth, and
of the same blood.
Would you stand above them?
Then excel them in humanity, gentleness, and virtue.’
At heart opposed to the cause of mankind, the Prince
had, from the first, urged his brother to avoid the war; and at this time, when drops of bitterness were falling thickly into the hero's cup, he broke out into pusillanimous complaints, advising a shameful peace, by concession to Austria
But Frederic's power was now first to appear; as victory fell away from him, he stood alone before his fellow-men, in unconquerable greatness.
Raising the siege of Prague
, he conducted the retreat of one division of his army into Saxony
without loss; the other the Prince
led in a manner contrary to the rules of war and to common sense, and more disastrous than the loss of a pitched battle.
Frederic censured the dereliction harshly; in that day of disaster, he would not tolerate a failure of duty, even in the heir to the throne.1
The increasing dangers became terrible.
resolved,’ wrote Frederic, in July, ‘to save my country or perish.’
Colin became the war-cry of French and Russians, of Swedes and Imperialists; a Russian army invaded his dominions on the east; the Swedes from the north threatened Pomerania
; a vast army of the French
was concentrating itself at Erfurt for the recovery of Saxony
; while Austria
, recruited by Bavaria
, was conquering Silesia
will win no more victories,’ wrote the queen of Poland
Death at this