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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tempers of both, which were by nature too fiery, into fu*
rious passions of anger, and produced actions, of wliich our
reason, when sober, was ashamed. But the cruelty with
which you upbraid me, may in some degree be excused, as
necessary to the work I had to perform. Fear of punish-
ment was in the hearts of my barbarous subjects the only
principle of obedience. To make them respect the royal
authority, I was obliged to arm it with all the terrors of
rage. You had a more pliant people to govern, a people
whose minds could be ruled, like a fine managed horse,
with an easy and gentle rein. The fear of shame did more
with them than the fear of the Knout could do with the
Russians. The humanity of your character and the ferocity
of mine were equally suitable to the nations over which we
reigned. But what excuse can you find for the cruel
violence you employed against your Protestant subjects ?
they desired nothing but to live under the protection of
laws you yourself had confirmed; and they repaid that
protection by the most hearty zeal for your service. Yet
these did you force, by the most inhuman severities, either
to quit the religion in which they were bred, and which
thier consciences still retained, or to leave their native
land, and endure all the woes of a perpetual exile. If
the rules of policy could not hinder you from thus depo-
pulating your kingdom, and transferring to foreign countries
its manufectures and commerce, I am surprised that your
heart itself did not stop you. It makes one shudder to
think, that such orders should be sent from the most
polished court in Europe, as the most savage Tartars could
hardly have executed without remorse and compassion.
Lewis. It was not my heart, but my religion, that
dictated these severities. My Confesser told me, they alone
would atone for my sins.
Peter. Had I believed in my Patriarch, as you believed
in your Priest, I should not have been the great monarch
that I was. — But I mean not to detract from the merit