Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
5e, verb. dr.
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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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own existence. But I pray, I beseech tlie gods, to preserve
the life and integrity of my Damon together. Oppose him,
ye winds! prevent the eagerness and impatience of his ho-
nourable endeavours, and suffer him not to arrive, till,
by my death, I have redeemed a life, a thousand times
of more consequence, of more estimation, than my own;
more estimable to his lovely wife, to his precious little
innocents, to his friends, to his country. 0! leave me not
to die the worst of deaths in my Damon." Dionysius was
awed and confounded by the dignity of these sentiments,
and by the manner, still more affecting, in which they
were uttered. He felt his heart struck by a slight sense of
invading truth; but it served rather to perplex than undeceive
him. He hesitated. He would have spoken. But he looked
down, and retired in silence.
The-fatal day arrived. Pythias was brought, and walked
amidst the guard, with a serious but satisfied air, to the
place of execution. Dionysius was already there. He was
exalted on a moving throne drawn by six white liorses, and
sat pensive and attentive to the demeanour of the prisoner.
Pythias came. He vaulted lightly upon the scaffold, and, be-
holding for some time the apparatus of death, he turned;
and, with a pleasing countenance, thus addressed the assem-
bly: "My prayers are heard. The gods are propitious.
You know, my friends, that the winds have been contrary
till yesterday. Damon could not come; he could not conquer
impossibilities. He will be here to-morrow; and the blood,
which is shed to-day, shall have ransomed the life of my
friend..... 0! could I erase from your bosoms every doubt,
every mean suspicion, of the honour of the man, for whom
[ am about to suffer, I should go to my death, even as I
could to my bridal. Be it sufficient, in the mean time,
that my friend will be found noble — that his truth is
unimpeachable — that he will speedily prove it — that lie
is now on his way, hurrying on, accusing himself, the
adverse elements, and the gods. But I liasten to jjrevent