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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if so it may be called, taking an appearance of familiar frankness,
served much to ingratiate him with the lower orders; and, if a fault
in the prince, was a virtue in the demagogue.
To these various characteristics, now fully developed, the reader
must add a genius of designs so bold, of conceptions so gigantic
and august, conjoined with that more minute and ordinary ability
which masters details; that with a brave, noble, intelligent, devoted
people to back his projects, the accession of the Tribune would have
been the close of the thraldom of Italy, and the abrupt limit of the
dark age of Europe. With such a people, his faults would have
been insensibly checked, his more unwholesome power have received
a sufficient curb. Experience familiarising him with power, would
have gradually weaned him from extravagance in his display; and
the active and masculine energy of his intellect would have found
field for the more restless spirits, as his justice gave shelter to the
more tranquil. Faults he had, but whether those faults or the
faults of the people, were to prepare his downfall, is yet to be seen
Meanwhile, amidst a discontented nobility and a fickle populace
urged on by the danger of repose to the danger of enterprise; partly
blinded by his ontward power, partly impelled by the fear of inter
nal weakness; at once made sanguine by his genius and his fanati
cism, and uneasy by the expectations of the crowd,—he threw him
self headlong into the gulf of the rushing Time, and surrendered
his lofty spirit to no other guidance than a conviction of its natural
buoyancy and its heaven-directed haven.
If, in adopting the legendary love-tale of Romeo and .Juliet,
Shakespeare had changed the scene in which it is cast for a more
northern climate, we may doubt whether the art of Shakespeare
himself could have reconciled us at once to the suddenness and
strength of Juliet's passion. And even as it is, perhaps there are
few of our rational and sober-minded islanders who would not
honestly confess, if fairly questioned, that they deem the romance
and fervour of those ill-starred lovers of Verona exaggerated and
overdrawn. Yet in Italj, the picture of that affection born of a