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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(Between Lewis XIV, king of France, and Czar Peter the Great).
Lewis. Wlio, Sir, could have thought, wlieu you were
learning the trade of a shipwright in the dockyards of
England and Holland, that you would ever acquire, as I
had done, the surname of Great.
Peter. Which of us best deserves that title, posterity
will decide. But my greatiess appeared sufBciently in that
very act which seemed to you a debasement.
Lewis. The dignity of a King does not stoop to such
mean employments. For my own part, I was careful
never to appear to the eyes of my subjects or foreigners,
but in all the splendour and majesty of royal power.
Peter. Had I remained on the throne of Russia, as
ray ancestors did, environed with all the pomp of bar-
barous greatness, I should have been idolized by my
people, as much, at least, as you ever were by the
French, My despotism was more absolute, their servitude
was more humble. But then I could not have reformed
their evil customs, have taught them arts, civility, navi-
gation, and war; have exalted them from brutes in human
shapes into men. In this was seen the extraordinary force
of my genius, beyond any comparison with all other kings,
that I thought it no degradation, or diminution of my
greatness, to descend from my throne, and go and work
in the dockyards of a foreign Republic; to serve as a
private sailor in my own fleets, and as a common soldier
in my own army, till I had raised myself by my merit,
in all the several steps and degrees of promotion, up to
the highest command, and had thus induced my nobility
to submit to a regular subordination in the sea- and land
service, by a lesson hard to their pride, and which they
would not have learnt from any other master, or by any
other method of instruction.