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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: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200870
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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accompanied with a yet greater miracle, if it had not somewhat
dazzled and seduced the object it elevated. When, as in well-or-
dered states and tranquil times, men rise slowly, step by step, they
accustom themselves to their growing fortunes. But the leaj) of an
hour from a citizen to a prince—from the victim of oppression to the
dispenser of justice—is a transition so sudden as to render dizzy the
most sober brain. :\.nd, perhaps, in proportion to the imagination,
the enthusiasm, the genius of th^ man, will the suddenness be dan-
gerous— excite too extravagant a hope—and lead to too chimerical
an ambition. The qualities that made him rise, hurry him to his
fall ; and victory at the Marengo of his fortunes, urges him to de-
struction at its Moscow.
In his greatness Eienzi did not so much acquire new qualities, as
develop in brighter light and deeper shadow those which he had al-
ways exhibited. On the one hand he was just—resolute—the friend
of the oppressed—the terror of the oppressor. His wonderful intel-
lect illumified everything it touched. By rooting out abuse, and by
searching examination and wise arrangement, he had trebled the
revenues of the city without imposing a single new tax. Faithful to
his idol of liberty, he had not been betrayed by the wish of the
people into despotic authority ; but had, as we have seen, formally
revived, and established with new powers, the Parliamentary Coun-
cil of the city. However extensive his own authority, he referred
its exercise to the people ; in their name he alone declared himself
to govern, and he never executed any signal action without submit-
ting to them its reasons or its justification. No less faithful to his
desire to restore prosperity as well as freedom to Kome, he had
seized the first dazzling epoch of his power to propose that great
federative league with the Italian States, which would, as he rightly
said, have raised Rome to the indisputable head of European nations.
Under his rule trade was secure, literature was welcome, art began
to rise.
On the other hand, the prosperity which made more apparent his
justice, his integrity, his patriotism, his virtues, and his genius,
brought out no less glaringly his arrogant consciousness of superi-
ority, his love of display, and the wild and daring insolence of
bis ambition. Though too just to avenge himself by retaliating on