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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
URL: http://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201183
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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80.
Singular Funeral.
Attila died in 453, and was buried in the midst of a
vast plain, in a cofRn, the- first covering of w'liich was of
gold , the second of silver and the third of iron. Along
with the body were buried the spoils of his enemies,
harnesses, enriched with gold and precious stones, rich stuffs
and the most valuable articles taken from the palaces of
the kings, which he had pillaged; and, that the place of
his interment might not be known, the Huns put to death,
without exception, all those who had assisted at his funeral.
The Goths had previously done the same for Alaric, who
died in the year 410, at Cosenza, a city of Calabria,
They turned for some days the course of the river Busento,
and having caused a trench to be dug in its former channel,
where the stream was usually most rapid, they buried the
king there with immense treasures. They put to death all
those who had assisted in digging the grave, and restored
the stream to its former bed.
The Miser.
A miser being dead and fairly interred, came to tlie
banks of the Styx, desiring to be ferried over along with
the other ghosts. Charon demands his fare, and is sur-
prised to seethe miser, rather than pay it, throw himself
into the river, and swim over to the other side , notwith-
standing all the clamour and the opposition that could be
made to him. All hell was in an uproar; and each of
the judges was meditating some punishment suitable to a
crime of such dangerous consequences to the infernal revenue.
Shall he be chained to the rock along with Prometheus?
or tremble below the precipice in company with the Da-
naides? or assist Sisyphus in rolling his stone? "No,"
says Minos, "none of these, we must invent some severer
punishment. Let him be sent back to the earth, to see
the use his heirs are making of his riches.