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Nathan The Wise
by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Binding: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 0.93 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.13 x W: 0.59 inches
ISBN 10: 1419136712
ISBN 13: 9781419136719
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: NATHAN the WISE. SCENE. A Hall in Nathan's House. NATHAN, in a travelling drcfs, DAY A meeting him. DAY A. 5 p J. IS he, 'tis Nathan ! Thanks to the Almighty, that you'are at last return'd. NATHAN. Yes, Daya, thanks, that I have reach'd Jerusalem in safety. But wherefore this at last ? Did I intend, or was it possible to come back sooner ? As I was forc'd to travel, out and in, 'tis a long hundred leagues to Babylon; and to get in one's debts is no employment, that speeds a traveller. B D A YA.DAY A. O Nathan, Nathan, how miserable you had nigh become during this little absence; for your house N AT HAN. Well, 'twas on fire; I have already heard it. God grant I may have heard the whole, that chanc'd ! D A YA. 'Twas on die point of burning to the ground. NATHAN. Then we'd have built another, and a better. DAY A. True ! But thy Recha too was on the point of perishing amid the flames. NATHAN. Of perishing ? My Recha, satdst thou ? She ? I heard not that. I then should not have needed any house. Upon the point of perishing perchance she's gone? Speak out then out torment me not' with this suspence. Come, tell me tell me all. DAY A. Were she no more, from me you would not hear it. NATHAN. Why then alarm me ? Recha, o my Recha ! D A YA. Your Recha? Yours? NATHAN. What if I ever werq doom'd to unlearn to call this child, my child. DAY A. Is all you own yours by an equal title ? N AT HAN. Nought by a better. What I else injoy Nature and Fortune gave this treasure, Virtue. DAY A. How dear you make me pay for all your goodness ! B 2 If If goodness, exercis'd with such a view, deserves the name. NATHAN. With such a view? With what? DAY A. My conscience NATHAN. Daya, let me...


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