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
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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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fleetest horses. Ostrich-feathers are large and
heautiful. We die them of various colours, and
use them for ornament; its down or hair serves
to make hats or bonnets. This bird, like many
others, will swallow iron, flint, and other hard
substances, in order to assist digestion, but they
do not digest it, as people have supposed. They
say also, erroneously, that the im()rudent ostrich
deposits its eggs in the sand, and leaves them to
the care of the sun ; when it is certain that they
sit on them in the night, though they leave them
in the day, knowing that the burning heat of the
climate is sufTicient to hatch them.
Having made you acquainted with tho largest
bird, I will now give you some account of the
smallest, ihe humming-bird. This bird, so com-
mon in America, especially the male, is a master-
piece of nature. It is wonderful, not only in tho
variety and liveliness of its colours, but also in
the littleness of its body. It is not bigger than a
small nut. There is in Canada a species, still
smaller, called the bird-fly, which is not larger
than a great fly; its flight, however, is extreme-
ly rapid. It is so beautiful a bird, that the
Indians make ear-rings of it.
The birds of passage go and come according
to the seasons. Quails, for example, pass from
Africa to Europe in the spring, and return towards
the end of autumn ; you may see them traverse
the Mediterranean-Sea in flocks. They are fre-
quently taken on board a ship, where they alight
to rest themselves. As they love a moderate cli-
mate, and Africa is too hot in summer, they pass
that season in Europe; and as the cold is too sharp
here in winter, they then go to Africa. There are
also other birds of passage : wild geeseand ducks,
cranes, woodcocks, snipes, and many more,
whose instinct leads them to select those coun tries
that agree best with them. Some ffy in confused
flocks; others preserve order, and fly in row»,