Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5818
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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mankind are brought upon them, by the false estimate they
make of the value of things, and by their giving too much
for their wUktles.
Damon and Pi/thias.
When Damon was sentenced by Dionysius the tyrant of
Syracuse, to die on a certain day, he prayed permission
to retire, in the mean time, to his own country, to set
the affairs of his disconsolate family in order. This tlie
tyrant intended most peremptorily to refuse, by granting
it, as he conceived, on the impossible condition of his
procuring some one to remain as hostage for his return,
under ecpal forfeiture of life. Pythias heard the condition,
and did not wait for an application on the part of Damon.
He instantly offered himself to confinement in place of his
friend, and Damon was accordingly set at liberty.
The king and all his courtiers were astonished at this
action, as they could not account for it on any allowed
principle. — Self-interest, in their judgment, was the
sole mover of human affairs; and they looked on virtue,
friendship, benevolence, love of country, and the like, as
terms invented by the wise, to impose upon the weak.
They therefore imputed this act of Pythias to the ex-
travagance of his folly, to a defect of understanding merely,
and no way to any virtue, or good quality of heart.
When the day of the destined execution drew near, the
tyrant had the curiosity to visit Pythias in his dungeon. —
Having reproached him for the extravagance of his conduct,
and rallied him some time on his madness, in presuming
that Damon, by his return, would prove as romantic as
himself, — "My lord," said Pythias, with a firm voice
and noble aspect, "I would it were possible, that I might
suffer a thousand deaths, rather than my friend should
fail in any article of his honour. He cannot fail therein,
my lord. I am as confident of his virtue, as I am of mv