THE GERMANS ON THE HEIGHTS OF HOCHHEIM
ABRUPTLY paused the strife;--the field throughout
Resting upon his arms each warrior stood,
Checked in the very act and deed of blood,
With breath suspended, like a listening scout.
O Silence! thou wert mother of a shout
That through the texture of yon azure dome
Cleaves its glad way, a cry of harvest home
Uttered to Heaven in ecstasy devout!
The barrier Rhine hath flashed, through battle-smoke,
On men who gaze heart-smitten by the view,
As if all Germany had felt the shock!
--Fly, wretched Gauls! ere they the charge renew
Who have seen--themselves now casting off the yoke--
The unconquerable Stream his course pursue.
14 The event is thus recorded in the journals of the day:--"When
the Austrians took Hockheim, in one part of the engagement they
got to the brow of the hill, whence they had their first view of
the Rhine. They instantly halted--not a gun was fired--not a voice
heard: they stood gazing on the river with those feelings which
the events of the last fifteen years at once called up. Prince
Schwartzenberg rode up to know the cause of this sudden stop; they
then gave three cheers, rushed after the enemy, and drove them
into the water."