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.
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
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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some expressions that were deemed impious, he was cited
before the judges, and condemned to be stoned to death.
He was led to the place of execution, attached to the
stake, and about to undergo the terrible punishment,
when his brother Amyntas, an officer who had fought
bravely against the Persians, rushed tlirough the crowd,
ran to the stake, and placing himself by the side of his
brother, cried out : "Executioners, stop; stain not your
hands with the blood of your fellow citizen; blood, that
has already been shed in your defeiice; Athenians, hear me!
"Xerxes was marching against Greece at the head of eight
hundred thousand men; consternation was spread through
your towns and villages; an army was hastily assembled to
march against the invader, swearing to return victorious or
to return no more. Who commanded that army? Who
led them on to victory?..... It was I! Many of you,
Athenians, who now hear me, were witnesses of my
conduct on the immortal day of Salamis, where, by your
insurmountable courage and patriotic devotion, you enabled
me to obtain the victory that saved our country from in-
calculable horrors. Xerxes was vanquished, Greece was
saved. We returned triumphantly to Athens; but where is
the arm which smote and drove back our invaders?.... I
left it on the field that witnessed our glory.
"I have asked no reward, I desire none; it is the duty
of every man to shed his blood in defence of his country.
But I will not survive the disgrace of seeing my brother
perish in an ignominious manner; therefore strike, execu-
tioner; assist, Athenians; we have already shed part of our
blood for you, now take what remains !"
Tlie whole populace were struck with admiration; a cry
of pardon ! pardon ! burst like thunder from the crowd.
iEschylus was immediately unbound, and with his gene-
rous brother, conducted in triumph through the town to
their dwelling.