The Dramatic Works of J. W. Goethe

The Dramatic Works of J. W. Goethe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... arrival, he should summon us in the king's name V Orange. We will answer evasively. Egmont. And if he is urgent? Orange. We will excuse ourselves. Egmont. And if he insist? Orange. We shall be the less disposed to come. Egmont. Then war is declared; arid we are rebels. Do not suffer prudence to mislead you, Orange. I know it is not fear that makes you yield. Consider this step. Orange. I have considered it. Egmont. Consider for what you are answerable if you are wrong. For tho most fatal war that ever yet desolated it country. Your refusal is the signal that at onoe summons the provinces to arms, that justifies every cruelty for which Spain has hitherto so anxiously sought a protext. "With a single nod you will excite to the direst confusion what, with patient effort, wo have so long kept in abeyance. Think of the towns, the nobles, the people; think of commerce, agriculture, trade! Eealize the murder, the desolation! Calmly the soldier beholds his comrade fall beside him in the battle-field. But towards you, carried downwards by the stream, shall float the corpses of citizens, of children, of maidens, till, aghast with horror, you shall no longer know whose cause you are defending, since you shall see those, for whose liberty you drew the sword, perishing around you. And what will be your emotions when conscience whispers, "It was for my own safety that I drew it"? Orange. We are not ordinary men, Egmont. If it becomes us to sacrifice ourselves for thousands, it becomes us no less to spare ourselves for thousands. Egmont. He who spares himself becomes an object o' suspicion ever to himself. Orange. He who is suro of his own motives can, with confidence, advance or retreat. Egmont. Your own act will render certain the evil that...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662338X
  • 9781236623386