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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
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many occasions the prophetic warnings he announced having been
singularly verified by the event, his influence with the people was
strengthened by a belief in the favour and intercourse of Heaven.
Thus, delusion of self might tempt and conduce to imposition on
others, and he might not scruple to avail himself of the advantage
of seeming what he believed himself to be. Yet, no doubt this in-
toxicating credulity pushed him into extravagance unworthy of, and
strangely contrasted by, his soberer intellect, and made him dispro-
portion his vast ends to his unsteady means, by the pround fallacy,
that where man failed, God would interpose. Cola di Eienzi was
no faultless hero of Romance. In him lay, in conflicting prodigality,
the richest and most opposite elements of character; strong sense,
visionary superstition, and eloquence and energy that mastered all
he approached, a blind enthusiasm that mastered himself; luxury
and abstinence, sternness and susceptibility, pride to the great,
humility to the low; the most devoted patriotism, and the most avid
desire of personal power. As few men undertake great and despe-
rate designs without strong animal spirits, so it may be observed,
that with most who have risen to eminence over the herd, there is
an aptness, at times, to a wild mirth, and an elasticity of humour
which often astonish the more sober and regulated minds, that are
„ the commoners of life; " and the theatrical grandeur of Napoleon,
the severe dignity of Cromwell, are strangely contrasted by a fre-
quent, nor always seasonable buffoonery, which it is hard to recon-
cile with the ideal of their characters, or the gloomy and portentous
interest of their careers. And this, equally a trait in the tempera-
ment of Rienzi, distinguished his hours of relaxation, and contri-
buted to that marvellous versatility, with which his harder nature
accommodated itself to all humours and all men. Often from his
austere judgment-seat he passed to the social board an altered man;
and even the sullen Barons who reluctantly attended his feasts,
forgot his public greatness in his familiar wjt; albeit this reckless
humour could not always refrain from seeking its subject in the
mortification of his crestfallen foes—a pleasure it would have been
wiser and more generous to forego. And perhaps it was, in part,
the prompting of this sarcastic and unbridled humour that made
him often love to astonish as well as to awe. But even this gaiety,