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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the bit is the only one that does not lay eggs.
But this is rather a flying mouse, being covered
with hair, and having the head and body of a
mouse. It flies about at dusk, and is called a
flittermouse. It suckles its young and brings forth
two at a time. There are several species of this
animal, which have nothing of the bird but the
power of flying.
Nothing is more wonderful than the manner in
which the Creator has peopled the universe, with
animals of all kinds: and we may say, that in-
sects, as vile as they may appear, are one of the
principal productions of nature. The greatness
and wisdom of God is not more conspicuous than
in these little animals.
There is an infinity of insects. The air, the
earth, the water, swarm with them. Some are
pleasing to look at, others hideous; some are
useful, others hurtful. There are infinitely more
invisible than such as we see. Some fly, and
others ctavvl. There is one insect the most re-
markable of any, and at the same time the most
useful of any. That is the silkworm. You
know that it is from this, we draw that most
delicate thread, that composes our finest silks.
The silkworm was brought into Europe from the
East-Indies, about the year 550; its labourisvery
curious. At first this insect is only the egg of a
butterfly or moth; in the spring the heat batches
it, and it becomes a small worm, a caterpillar,
which grows very fast and is nourished by the
leaves of the mulberry-tree. When this worm
has changed its skin four times, its growth is
finished ; it then spins about itself a cod or pod
of silk, in the middle of which it forms a retreat
in something like a tender shell, or enclosure in
which it shuts itself up; thence it becomes a
chrysalis, that is enveloped in a case, and af-
terwards a moth or butterfly; when come to this
state, it pierces its cod and comes out: some