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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( 6.4 )
»Damocles," says the king, »to taste this
»happiness, and know, by experience, what
» my enjoyments are , of which you have so
» high an idea?" Damocles gladly accepted the
offer. Upon which the king ordered, that a
royal banquet should be prepared, and a gilded
couch, placed for him, covered with rich em-
broidery, and sideboards lo.aded with gold and
silver plate of immense value. Pages of extraor-
dinary beauty were ordered to wait on him at
table, and to obey his commands with the great-
est readiness, and the most profound submission.
JJeitlier ointments, chaplets of flowers, nor rich
perfumes were wanting. The table was loaded
with the most exquisite delicacies of every kind.
Damocles fancied himself amongst the gods. In
the midst of all his happiness, he sees, let down
from the roof exactly over his neck as he lay
indulging himself in state, a glitteringsword hanging
at a single hair. The sight of destruction thus
threatening him from on high, soon put a stop
to his joy and revelluig. The pomp of his at-
tendance, and the glitter of the carved plate gave
him no longer any pleasure. He dreads to stretch
forth his hand to the table. He throws off the
chaplet of roses. He hastens to remove from
his dangerous situation, and at la.ct begs the
King to restore him to his former humble con-
dition, having no desire to enjoy any longer
such a dreadful kind of happiness.
121. De dtcingeland en de beide vrienden.
Damon being condemned to death by Diony-
sius, tyrant of Syracuse, obtained liberty to visit
his wife and children, leaving his friend Pythias
as a fjlcdge for his return, on condition that, if
he failed, Pythias should suffer in his stead.
Damon having not appeared at the time appoint-
ed, the tyrant had the curiosity to visit Pythias