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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Lewis. I am forced to acknowledge, that it was a
great act. When I thought it a mean one, my judgment
was perverted by the prejudices arising from my own
education, and the ridicule thrown upon it by some of
my courtiers, whose minds were too narrow to be able to
comprehend the greatness of yours in that situation.
Peter. It was an act of more heroism than any ever
done by Alexander or Caesar. Nor would I consent to
exchange my glory with theirs. They both did great things;
but they were at the head of great nations, far superior
in valour and military skill to those with whom they con-
tended. I was the king of an ignorant, undisciplined,
barbarous people. My enemies were at first so superior
to my subjects, that ten thousand of them could beat a
hundred thousand Russians. They had formidable navies:
I had not a ship. The King of Sweden was a prince of
the most intrepid courage, assisted by generals of consum-
mate knowledge in war, and served by soldiers so disci-
plined, that they were become the admiration and terror
of Europe. Yet I vanquished these soldiers; I drove that
prince to take refuge in Turkey; I won battles, at sea as
well as at land; I new-created my people; I gave them arts,
science, policy; I enabled them to keep all the powers of
the North in awe and dependence, to give kings to Poland,
to check and intimidate the Ottoman Emperors, to mix
with great weight in the affairs of all Europe. What other
man has ever done such wonders as these? Read all the
records of ancient and modern times, and find, if you
can, one fit to be put in comparison with me!
Lewis. Your glory would indeed have been supreme
and unequalled, if in civilizing your subjects, you had
reformed the brutality of your own manners, and the
barbarous vices of your nature. But, alas! the legislator
and reformer of the Moseovites was drunken and cruel.
Peter. My drunkenness I confess. Nor will I plead, to
excuse it, the example of Alexander. It inflamed the