He turned, and stepping up to the two sleepers, touched them lightly on the shoulders. They sprang up alarmed when they recognized the king.
"You need not excuse yourselves," said Frederick kindly, "you have had a day of great fatigue, and are, of course, exhausted. Come into the house, the night air is dangerous; we will sleep here together."
"Where are the two grenadiers?" said Goltz.
"I have sent them off on duty."
"Then your majesty must allow us to remain on guard. I have slept well, and am entirely refreshed."
"I also," said the second lieutenant. "Will your majesty be pleased to sleep? we will keep guard."
"Not so," said the king, "the moon will watch over us all. Come in."
"But it is impossible that your majesty should sleep thus, entirely unguarded. The first Cossack that dashes by could take aim at your majesty through the window."