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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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crown to whicli you were born. Is it
therefore thus that you would reward them?
that you would gratify their desires? that
you would indulge their ambition? and en-
wreath them with everlasting glory and
applause ?
But, if such a death would exalt simple
citizens over the fame of the most illustrious
heroes, how would the name of my Edward,
with all his triumphs and honours, be tar-
nished by it ? Would it not be said, that
magnanimity and virtue are grown contempt-
ible in the eyes of Britain's monarch? and
that the objects, whom he destines to the
punishment of felons, are the very men
who deserve the praise and esteem of
mankind? The stage on which they should
suffer, would be to them a stage of honour;
but a stage of shame to Edward: a re-
proach to his conquests — a dark and in-
delible disgrace to his name.
No, my lord, let us rather disappoint
the saucy ambition of these burghers, who
wish to invest themselves with glory at
our expence. We cannot indeed, wholly
deprive them of the merit of a sacrifice so
nobly intended; but we may cut them short
of their desii'es. In the place of that death,
by wliich their gloi^y would be consummated,
let us load them with gifls; let us put
them to shame with praises; we shall by
that means deprive them of that popularity
which never fails to attend those who suffer
in the cause of virtue.
King Edward. I am convinced. You
have prevailed. You have saved my hon-
our, and are nearer to me than ever. —
Prevent the execution. Have them instantly
before us. [Sir Walter Mauny goes out and
returns with Eustace St. Pierre and his com-
panions.]
Queen. Natives of France, and inhabi-
tants of Calais, you have jiut us to a vast
expence of blood and treasure, in the re-
covery of our just and natural inheritance:
but you acted according to the dictates of
an erroneous judgment; and we admire and
honour in you that valour and virtue by
which we have been so long kept out of
our rightful possessions.
You, noble burghers; you, excellent citi-
zens ! though you were tenfold the enemies
of our person and our throne, we can feel
nothijig on our part, save respect and atfec-
tion for you. We loose your chains; we
snatch you from the scaffold; and we thank
you for that lesson of humiliation, which
you teach us, when you show us that ex-
cellence is not of blood, or title, or sta-
tion : that virtue gives a dignity superior
to that of kings; and that those whom the
Almighty inspires with sentiments like
yours, are justly and eminently raised above
all human distinctions.
You are now free to depart to your kins-
folk, your countrymen; to all those whose
lives and liberties you have so nobly re-
deemed, provided you refuse not to carry
with you the due tokens of our esteem.
Yet we would rather bind you to our-
selves, by ever}' endearing obligation; and
for this purpose, we offer to you your
choice of the gifts and honours that Ed-
ward has to bestow. Rivals for fame, but
always friends to virtue, we wish that Eng-
land were entitled to call you her sons.
St. Pierre. Ah! my country, it is now
that I tremble for thee. Edward could
only win thy cities; but Philippa conquers
hearts.
Queen. Brave St. Pierre, wherefore
look you so dejected?
St. Pierre. Ah! madam, when I meet
with such another opportunity of dying, I
shall not regret that I survived this day.
Queen. The consciousness of your vir-
tuous intentions will afford a recompense
equal to the glory of an illustrious death ;
and your name will be transmitted to pos-
terity with the applause due to the most
disinterested of citizens. Return to your
country and admiring friends, and serve
them as much by your counsel, as you
have already done by your magnanimity.
Tell them how you have been entei'tained:
unite them to us by ties of friendship and
esteem; and gain us the hearts of those
who have been disaffected. This is the
only token of gratitude tliat we require.
57. THE BATTLE OF POIGTIERS.
John, Duke of Normandy, ascended the
throne on the death of his father, Philiji
of Valois. He had attained the mature age
of fifty, had commanded armies with repu-
tation, had acquired character for both
courage and conduct, and was, in every
respect a more hopeful prince than his
predecessor.
Yet ICing John of France, though distin-
guished by the flattering surname of the
Good, early evinced a course of severity,
which occasioned much unpopularity. At
a solemn festival at Paris, immediately
after his coronation, he caused to he arrest-
ed Rodolph de Brienne, Count of Eu
and of Guines, and Constable of Franco,
who was accused of wishing to let the
English monarch have possession of hi>
country of Guines, adjacent fo the town