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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ledge; whoever, therefore, knowingly propagates a prejudice, wil-
fully saps the foundation of his country's strength.
The members of a republic, above all other men, should be candid
and dispassionate. They are, individually, portions of the sovereign
will, and should be enabled to come to all questions of national concern
with calm and unbiased judgments. Prom the peculiar nature of
our relations with England, we must have more frequent questions
of a difficult and delicate character with her than with any other
nation; questions that aft'ect the most acute and excitable feeling;
and as, in the adjusting of these, our national measures must ulti-
mately be determined by popular sentiment, we cannot be to anxi-
ously attentive to purify it from all latent passion or prepossession.
Opening, too, as we do, an asylum for strangers from every
portion of the earth, we should receive all with impartiality. It
should be our pride to exhibit an example of one nation, at least,
destitute of national antipathies, and exercising not merely the
overt acts of hospitality, but those more rare and noble courtesies
which spring from liberality of opinion.
What have we to do with national prejudices? They are the
inveterate diseases of old countries, contracted in rude and ignorant
ages, when nations knew but little of each other, and looked beyond
their own boundaries with distrust and hostility. We, on the con-
trary, have sprung into national existence in an enlightened and
philosophic age, when the different parts of the habitable world,
and the various branches of the human family, have been indefati-
gably studied and made known to each other; and we forego the
advantages of our birth, if we do not shake off the national preju-
dices, as we would the local superstitions of the old world.
„ In intoxication," says the proverb, „ men betray their real cha-
racters." There is a no less honest and truth-revealing intoxication
in prosperity, than in wine. The varnish of power brings forth at
once the defects and beauties of the human portrait.
The unprecedented and almost miraculous rise of Eienzi from the
rank of the Pontiff's official to the Lord of Home, would have been