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Titel: Hints and questions for the use of candidates, lower instruction English
Auteur: Hoog, W. de
Uitgave: Dordrecht: J.P. Revers, 1890 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4878
URL: http://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200870
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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stimulated also by various means. It has been the theme of spirit-
stirring song and chivalrous story. The poet and minstrel have
delighted to shed round it the splendours of fiction, and even the
historian has forgotten the sober gravity of narration, and broken
forth into enthusiasm and rhapsody in its praise. Triumphs aud
gorgeous pageants have been its reward : monuments, on which
art has exhausted its skill, and opulence its treasures, have been
erected to perpetuate a nation's gratitude and admiration. Thus
artificially excited, courage has risen to an extraordinary and fac-
titious degree of heroism ; and arrayed in all the glorious „ pomp
and circumstance of war," this turbulent quality has even been
able to eclipse many of those quiet but invaluable virtues which
silently ennoble the human character, and swell the tide of human
happiness.
But if courage intrinsically consists in the defiance of danger and
pain, the life of the Indian is a continual exhibition of it. He lives
in a state of perpetual hostility and risk. Peril and adventure are
congenial to his nature, or rather seem necessary to arouse his
faculties and to give an interest to his existence. Surrounded by
hostile tribes, whose mode of warfare is by ambush and surprisal,
he is always prepared for fight, and lives with his weapons in his
hands. As the ship careers in fearful singleness through the soli-
tudes of ocean, as the bird mingles among clouds and storms, and
wings its way, a mere speck, across the pathless fields of air, so the
Indian holds his course, silent, solitary, but undaunted, through
the boundless bosom of the wilderness. His expeditions may vie
in distance and danger witii the pilgrimage of the devotee, or the
crusade of the knight-errant. He traverses vast forests, exposed
to the hazards of lonely sickness, of lurking enemies, and pining
famine. Stormy lakes, those great inland seas, are no obstacles to
his wanderings : in his light canoe of bark he sports, like a feather
on their waves, and darts with the swiftness of an arrow down the
roaring rapids of the rivers. His very subsistence is snatched from
the midst of toil and peril. He gains his food by the hardships
and dangers of the chase; he wraps himself in the spoils of the
bear, the panther, and the buft'alo ; and sleeps among the thunders
of the cataract.
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