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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ing many, who would Iiave been ambitious of
this high honour, they made choice of Abdolo-
iiymus, whose singular merit had rendered him
conspicuous even in the vale of obscurity.
Though remotely related to the royal family, a
series of misfortunes had reduced him to the ne-
cessity of cultivating a garden, for a small sti-
pend , in the suburbs of the city.
While Abdolonymus was busily employed in
weeding his garden, the two friends of Hephae-
stion, bearing in their hands the ensigns of roy-
alty, approached him, and saluted him king, in-
forming him, that Alexander had appointed him
to that office, and requiring him immediately to
exchange his rustic garb and utensils of hus-
bandry, for the regal robe and sceptre. At tho
same time, they urged him, when he should be
seated on the throne, and have a nation in his
power, not to forget the humble condition,
from which he had been raised.
All this, at first, appeared to Abdolonymus
as an illusion of the fancy , or an insult offered
to his poverty. He requested them not to trou-
ble him farther with their impertinent jests, and
to find some other way of amusing themselves,
which might leave him in the peaceable enjoy-
ment of his obscure habitation. — At length,
however, they convinced him, that they were
serious in their pr0j)0sal, and prevailed upon
him to accept the regal office, and accompany
them to the palace.
No soimer was he in possession of the govern-
ment, than pride and envy created him enemies,
who whispered their murmurs in every place,
till at last they reached the ear of Alexander;
who, commanding the new elected prince to be
sent for, inquired of him, with what temper of
mind he had borne 1) his jioverty. » Would lo
» Heaven," replied. Abdolonymus, » that I may
» be able to bear my crown with equal modéra-