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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in order to cut the air the better. That which flics
first is relieved from time to time by others.
It is imagined that sicallows, who appear in the
spring, pass a great part of the winter in Europe;
although such as leave us about the end of autumn
are frequently caught 1), in great quantities, on
the decks of ships, tired with flying. The truth
is, those of the northern countries of Europe do
not go away in Avinter. They are found in Swe-
den collected in heaps, hanging upon one another
in a torpid state, in hollow places: they quicken
and appear again with the first warm weather.
It is very singular that all the birds foresee the
time to depart, collect themselves together, fly
night and day, and go fo the place designed with-
out wandering. Where is the traveller who, in
so long a journey, would not be obliged to in-
quire his way?
You have taken notice of the structure of a
bird's nest. Their architects have no other tools
than their beaks and their feet 2). You see,
however, how curiously they build their houses
and how carefully they line them, that their cal-
low young may lie soft. What mason could build
a swallow's nest, which is constructed of mud,
and hangs under the eaves of houses? How won-
derful is the care and exactness of all birds in sit-
ting upon their eggs, and a sufficient length of
time to hatch their young: how attentive are they
afterwards to feed them and bring them up 1 See
with what resolution a hen will defend her chick-
ens from a dog! Were it a bulldog, she would
put it to flight.
The birds that live equallyby land and by water,
have their feet webbed, that is, provided with a
membrane spread between their toes, for the pur-
pose of smimming. They are covered with down
and feathers, so compact as to keep out the water.
— There are birds that are enemies to the day
.-ind fly only in the night, as owls. — Of allbirda