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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
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aed desire, in the midst of all his pomp, when the board groaned
with the delicacies of every clime, when the wine most freely circled,
the Tribune himself preserved a temperate and even rigid abstinence.
While the apartments of state and the chamber of his bride were
adorned with a profuse luxury and cost, to his own private rooms
he transported precisely the same furniture which had been familiar
to him in his obscurer life. Tho books, the busts, the reliefs, the
arms which had inspired him heretofore with the visions of the past,
were endeared by associations which he did not care to forego.
24.
But that which constituted the most singular feature of his cha-
racter, and which still wraps all around him in a certain mystery,
was his religious enthusiasm. The daring but wild doctrines of
Arnold of Brescia, who, two centuries anterior, had preached reform,
but inculcated mysticism, still lingered in Eome, and had in early
youth deeply coloured the mind of Rienzi ; and as I have before ob-
served, his youthful propensity to dreamy thought, the melancholy
death of his brother, his own various but successful fortunes, had
all contributed to nurse the more zealous and solemn aspirations of
this remarkable man. Like Arnold of Brescia, his faith bore a
strong resemblance to the intense fanaticism of our own Puritans of
the Civil War, as if similar political circumstances conduced to
similar religious sentiments. He believed himself inspired by awful
and mighty commune with beings of the better world. Saints and
angels ministered to his dreams ; and without this, the more pro-
found and hallowed enthusiasm, he might never have been suffi-
ciently emboldened by mere human patriotism, to his unprecedented
enterprise; it was the secret of much of his greatness,—many of his
errors. Like all men who are thus self-deluded by a vain but not
inglorious superstition, united with, and coloured by, earthly ambi-
tion, it is impossible to say how far he was the visionary, and how
far at times he dared to be the inpostor. In the ceremonies of his
pageants, in the ornaments of his person, were invariably introduced
mystic and figurative emblems. In times of danger he publicly pro-
fessed to have been cheered and directed by divine dreams ; and on