Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
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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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in prison. . What a fool were you," said Be,
> lo rely on Daiuon's promise? flow could you
> imagine, lhat he would sacrifice his life for you,
> or for any man?" > My lord," said Pythias,
with a firm roice and noble aspect, . I would
» suffer a thousand deaths rather than my friend
> should fail in any article of honour. He can-
> not fail: I am confident of his virtue as of my
> own existence. But I beseech the gods to pre-
» serve his life. Oppose him, ye winds! disap-
> point his eagerness, and suffer him not to
> arrive, till my death has saved a life of much
» greater consequence than mine, nccessary td
> his lovely wife, to his little innocents, to his
> friends, to his country. — Oh! let me not dio
• the cruellest of deaths in that of my Damon."—
Dionysius was confounded and awed with tho
magnanimity of these sentiments. He wished to
speak : he hesitated ; he looked down ; and retired
in silence. The fatal day arrived. Pythias was
brought 1) forth ; and, with an air of satisfacton,
walked to the place of execution. He ascended
the scaffold, and addressed the people: • My
» prayers are heard, the gods are propitious,
> the winds have been contrary, Damon could
> not conquer impossibilities, he will be hereto-
> morrow, and my blood shall ransom that of my
» friend." As he pronounced these words , a
buzz arose, a distant voice was heard, the crowd
caught 2) the words, and » stop, stop execu-
tion," was repeated by every person. A man came
on full speed. lu the same instant, he ^vas off his
horse, on the scaffold, and in the arms of Pythias.
> You are safe," he cried, » you aresafe." Pale,
cold, and half speechless, in the arms of his Da-
mon , Pythias replied in broken accents: • Fatal
> haste — cruel impatience — what envious pow-
» ers have wrought 3) impossibilities against your
» friend ? But I will not be wholly disappointed.
» Since I cannot die to save you, I will die to