Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
5e verb. dr.
Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4085
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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148. Romeinsche vaderlandsliefde.
The Carthaginians resolved to send to Rome,
to negociate a peace or at least to procure an
exchange of prisoners. For this purpose they
supposed, that Regulus, the Roman general,
whom they had now for four years kept 1) in a
dungeon, confined and chained, would he a
proper solicitor. It was expected, that, being
wearied with imprisonment and bondage, he
would gladly endeavour to persuade his countrymen
to a discontinuance of the war, which only pro-
longed his captivity. He was accordingly sent
with their ambassadors to Rome, but with a
promise, previously exacted from him, to return
in case of being unsuccessful. He was even given
to understand, that his life depended upou the
success of his expedition.
When this old general, together with the am-
bassadors of Carthage, approached Rome, num-
bers of his friends came 2) out to meet and
congratulate his return. Their acclamations re-
sounded through the city; but Regulus refused,
with settled melancholy, to enter the gates. It
was in vain that he was entreated on every side
to visit once more his little dwelling, and share
in that joy which his return had inspired. He
persisted in saying, that he was now but a slave
belonging to the Carthaginians, and unfit to par-
take in the liberal honours of his country. The
senate assembling without the walls, as usual, to
give audience to the ambassadors, Regulus opened
his commission, as he had been directed by the
Carthaginian council, and their ambassadors se-
conded his proposals. The senate were, by this
time, weary of a war, which had been protracted
above eight years, and were no way disinclinable
to a peace. It seemed the general opinion, that
the enmity between the two states had continued
too long; and that no terms should be refused,