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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fleetest horses. Ostrich-feathers are large and
beautiful. We die them of various colours, and
use them for ornament: its down or hair serces
to make hats or bonnets. This bird, like many
others, will swailow iron, flint, and other hard
substances, in order to assist digestion, but they
do not digest it, as people have supposed. They
say also, erroneously, that the imprudent ostrich
deposits its eggs in the sand, and leaves them to
the care of the sun ; when it is certain that they
sit on them in the night, though they leave them
in the day, knowing that the burning heat of the
climate is sufficient to hatch them.
Having made you acquainted with the largest
bird, I will now give you some account of the
smallest, the humming-bird. This bird, so com-
mon in America, especially the male, is a master-
piece of nature. It is wonderful, not only in the
variety and liveliness of its colours, but also in
the littleness of its body. It is not bigger than a
small nut. There is in Canada a species still
smaller, called the bird-fly, which is not larger
than a great fly. Its flight, however, is extreme-
ly rapid. It is so beautiful a bird, that the
Indians make ear-rings of it.
The birds of jiassage go and come according
to the seasons. Quails, for example, pass from
Africa to Europe in the spring, and return towards
the end of autumn ; 30U may see them traverse
the Mediterranean sea in flocks. They are fre-
quently taken on board a ship, where they alight
to rest themselves. As they love a moderate cli-
mate , and Africa is too hot in summer, they pass
that season in Europe; and as the cold is too sharp
here in winter, they then go to Africa. There are
also other birds of passage, wild geese and ducks;
cranes, woodcocks, snipes, and many more,
whose instinct leads them to select thosecountries
that agree best with them. Some fly in confused
flocks, others preserve order, and fly in rows,