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The idea of treating a Hebrew bondman well is rooted in the utter rejection of everything associated with Egypt, referred to as beit avadim, a "house of slavery," when the Israelites are told to recall their experiences there.2
"I wish God speed to all they do," she said of abolitionists in general, "which is calculated to hasten the day of release to the wretched bondman....
There is a broad sense in which this is a matter of theatrical convention, ultimately traceable to classical sources (including Plautus), where messenger-function is often degraded by association with slave or bondman status.
Brutus mistakenly imagines that the masses hold the same values he does and trusts they will see the logic in his argument that Caesar's ambition threatened the freedom and liberty of Rome: "Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended.
If he mislike, My speech, and what is done, tell him he has Hiparchus, my enfranched Bondman, whom He may at pleasure whip, or hang, or torture, As he shall like to quit me.
Czerny arrangements of Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus and the overtures to Boieldieu's Caliph of Bagdad and Mozart's Die Zauberflote; arrangements by others of overtures or airs from Auber's Le cheval de bronze, Fra Diavolo, Masaniello; Balfe's The Bondman; Beethoven's Fidelio; Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Norma; Herold's Zampa; Rossini's La gazza ladra, Guillaume Tell, Semiramide, Tancredi; Weber's Der Freischutz, Oberon.
the grand captain (133-34): Barnes, The Devil's Charter (1606); Massinger, The Bondman (1623); Shirley, The Traitor (1631).
[ambitious--slew : death--ambition] [close of two parallel sections] A: Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for him I have offended.
Standing there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this Fourth of July!
let him feel that at every step he takes, in pursuit of the flying bondman, he is running the frightful risk of having his hot brains dashed out by an invisible agency.
Is it possible A cur can lend three thousand ducats?" or Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, With bated breath and whisp'ring humbleness, Say this: "Fair sir, you spet on me Wednesday last; You spurned me such a day; another time You called me dog; and for these courtesies I'll lend you thus much moneys?"
Keigwin claimed that Lincoln pointed the way to the ultimate fulfillment of the Apostle Paul's hope for the Church (Colossians 3:11): "Where there cannot be Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bondman nor freeman; but Christ is all, and in all." Keigwin drew an explicit link between this Scriptural promise and Lincoln's "House Divided" speech, itself an appropriation of Jesus' declaration in the Gospels that the kingdom of Satan would not stand.