Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
5e verb. dr.
Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4085
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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no. IJdelheid.
If there be any thing which makes human na-
ture appear ridiculous to beings of superior fa-
culties, it must be Pride. They know so well
the vanity of those imaginary perfections that swell
the heart of man, and of those little supernumera-
ry advantages, whether in birth, fortune, or title,
which one man enjoys above another, that it must
certainly very much astonish, if it does not very
much divert them, when they see a mortal puffed
up and valuing himself above his neighbours on
any of these accounts, at the same time that he
is obnoxious to all the common calamities of
the species.
To set this thought in its true light, we shall
fancy, if you please, that yonder mole-hill is
inhabited by reasonable creatures, and that every
pismire (his shape and way of life only excepted)
is endowed with human passions. How should
we smile to hear one give us an account of the
pedigrees, distinctions and titles that reign amongst
them! Observe how the whole swarm divide,
and make way for the pismire that passes through
them! You roust understand he is an emmet of
quality, and has better blood in his veins than
any pismire in the mole-hill. Do you not see how
sensible he is of it, how slow he marches forward,
how the whole rabble of ants keep their distance?
Here you may observe one placed upon a little
eminence, and looking down a long row of
labourers. He is the richcst insect on this side 1)
the hillock : he has a walk of half a yard in length
and a quarter of an inch in breadth; he keeps
one hundred menial servants, and has at least fif-
teen barley-corns in his granary. He is now
chiding and enslaving the emmet that stands be-
fore him, and who, for all that we can disco-
ver, is as good an emmet as himself.
But here comes an insect of figure. Don't you