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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the patricians their own violence, though, in his troubled and stormy
tribnneship, not one unmerited or illegal execution of baron or citi-
zen could be alleged against him, even by his enemies; yet sharing,
less excusably, the weakness of Nina, he could not deny his proud
heart the pleasure of humiliating those who had ridiculed him as a
buffoon, despised him as a plebeian, and who, even now slaves to his
face, were cynics behind his back. „ They stood before him while he
sate," says his biographer: „all these Barons, bareheaded; their
hands crossed on their breasts; their looks downcast;—oh, how
frightened they were I " a picture more disgraceful to the servile
cowardice of the nobles than the haughty sternness of the Tribune.
It might be that he deemed it policy to break the spirit of his foes,
and to awe those whom it was a vain hope to conciliate.
For his pomp there was a greater excuse : it was the custom of
the time; it was the insignia and witness of power; and when the
modern historian taunts him with not imitating the simplicity of an
ancient tribune, the sneer betrays an ignorance of the spirit of the
age, and the vain people whom the chief magistrate was to govern.
No doubt his gorgeous festivals, his solemn processions, set off and
ennobled—if parade can so be ennobled—by a refined and magnifi-
cent richness of imagination, associated always with popular emblems,
and designed to convey the idea of rejoicing for Liberty Kestored,
and to assert the state and majesty of Eome Revived—no doubt these
spectacles, however otherwise judged in a more enlightened age and
by closet sages, served greatly to augment the importance of the
Tribune abroad, and to dazzle the pride of a fickle and ostentatious
populace. And taste grew refined, luxury called labour into requisi-
tion, and foreigners from all states were attracted by the splendour
of a court over which presided, under republican names, two sove-
reigns, young and brilliant, the one renowned for his genius, the
other eminent for her beauty. It was indeed, a dazzling and royal
dream in the long night of Eome, spoiled of her pontiff and his
voluptuous train—that holyday reign of Cola di Eienzi I And often
afterwards it was recalled with a sigh, not only by the poor for its
justice, the merchant for its security, but the gallant for its splen-
dour, and the poet for its ideal intellectual grace !
As if to show that it was not to gratify the more vulgar appetite