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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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tic pine and fir, that might have reminded a German wanderer of
the darkest recesses of the Hartz: and seemed, indeed, no unworthy
haunt for the weird huntsman or the forest fiend. Over this wood
the moon now shimmered, with the pale and feeble light we have
already described; and only threw into a more sombre shade the
motionless and gloomy foliage. Of all the off-spring of the forest,
the fir bears, perhaps, the most saddening and desolate aspect. Its
long branches, without absolute leaf or blossom; its dead, dark,
eternal hue, which the winter seems to wither not, nor the spring
to revive, have I know not what of a mystic and unnatural life.
Around all woodland, there is that shadowy horror which becomes
more solemn and awful amidst the silence and depth of night: but
this is yet more especially the characteristic of that sullen evergreen.
Perhaps, too, this eflfect is increased by the sterile and dreary soil
on which, when in groves, it is generally found; and its very hardi-
ness, the very pertinacity with which it draws its strange unflucta-
ting life, from the sternest wastes and most reluctant strata,
enhance, unconsciously, the unwelcome effect it is calculated to
create upon the mind. At this place, too, the waters that dashed
beneath gave yet additional wildness to the rank verdure of the
wood, and contributed, by their rushing darkness partially broken
by the stars, and the hoarse roar of their chafed course, a yet more
grim and savage sublimity to the scene.
The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy
with the least harm to ourselves, and this of course is to be effected
by stratagem. That chivalrous courage which induces us to despise
the suggestions of prudence, and to rush in the face of certain
danger, is the offspring of society, and produced by education. It
is honourable, because it is in fact the triumph of lofty sentiment
over an instinctive repugnance to pain, and over those yearnings
after personal ease and security which society has condemned as
ignoble. It is kept alive by pride and the fear of shame; and thus
the dread of real evil is overcome by the superior dread of an evil
which exists but in the imagination. It has been cherished and