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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in order to cut the air the better. That which flies
first is relieved from time to time by others.
It is imagined that swallows, who appear in the
spring, pass a great part of the winter in Europe;
although such as leave us about the end of autumn
are frequently caught 1), in great quantities, on
the decks of ships, tired with flying. The trutii
is, those of tlie northern countries of Europe do
not go away in winter. They are found,in Swe-
den, collected in heaps, hanging upon one another
in a torpid state, in hollow places; they quicken
and appear again with the first warm weather.
It is very singular that all the birds foresee the
time to depart, collect themselves together, fly
night and day, and go totheplacedesigned, with-
out wandering. Where is the traveller who, in
so long a journey, would not be obliged to in-
quire his way?
You have taken notice of the structure of a
bird's nest. Their architects have no other tools
than their beaks and their feet 2). You see,
however, how curiously they build their houses
and how carefully they line them, that their cal-
low young may lie soft. What mason could build
a swallow's nest, which is constructed of mud,
and hangs under the eaves of houses? How won-
derful is the care and exactness of all birds in sit-
ting upon their eggs a sufficient length of time
to hatch their young ones! how attentive are they
afterwards to feed them , and bring them up ! See
with what resolution a hen will defend her chick-
ens from a dog! Were it a bulldog, she would
put it to flight.
The birds that live cquallyby land and by water,
have their feet webbed, that is, provided with a
membrane, spread between their toes, forthepur-
pose of smimming. They are covered with down
and feathers, so compact as to keep out the wa-
ter.— There are birds that are enemies to the day,
and fly only in the night, as owls. — Of all birds