Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
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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. 4089
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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» My dear Hercules," says she, •! find you are
very much divided in your own thoughts upon
the way of life, that you ought to choose. Be my
friend, and follow mo; I will lead you into the
possession of pleasure, and out of the reach of
pain, and remove you from all the noise and dis-
quietude of business. The afiairs of either war
or peace shall have no power to disturb you.
Your whole employment shall be to make your
life easy, and to entertain every sense with its
proper gratification. Sumptuous tables, beds of
roses, clouds of perfumes, concerts of music,
crowds of beauties, are all in readiness to receive
you. Come along with me into this region of
delights, this world of pleasure, and bid farewell
for ever to care, to pain, and to business."
Hercules, hearing the lady talk after this man-
ner, desired to know her name; to which she an-
s wered : • My friends, and those who are well ac-
quainted with me, call me Happiness; but my
enemies, and those, who would injure my repu-
tation have given me the name of Pleasure."
By this time the other lady was come up,
who addressed herself to the young hero in a
very different manner.
»Hercules," says she, »I offer myself to you,
because I know you are descended from the gods,
and give proofs of that descent by your love for
virtue, and application to the studies proper for
your age. This makes me hope you will gain
both for yourself and me an immortal reputation.
But before I invite you into my society and friend-
ship, I will be open and sincere with you; and
must lay down this as an established truth, that
there is nothing truly valuable which can be pur-
chased without pains and labour. The Gods have
set a price upon every real and noble pleasTire.
If you would gain the favour of the Deity, you
must bo at the pains of worshipping bim; if, the