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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_200629
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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tho bat is the only one that does not lay eggs.
But this is rather a flying mouse, being covered
with hair, and having the head and body of a
mouse. It flies about at dusk, and is called a
flittermouse. It suckles its young ones, and brings
forth two at a time. There are several species of
this animal, which have nothing of the bird,
but the power of flying.
Nothing is more wonderful, than tho manner in
which the Creator has peopled the universe with
animals of all kinds; and we may say, that in-
sects, as vile as they may appear, are one of the
principal productions of nature. The greatness
and wisdom of God is not more conspicuous than
in these little animals.
There is an infinity of insects. The air, the
earth, the water, swarm with them. Some are
pleasing to look at, others hideous; some are
useful, others hurtful. There are infinitely more
invisible, than such as we see. Some fly, and.
others crawl. There is one insect, the most re-
markable of any, and at the same time the most
useful of any : that is the silkworm. — You
know that it is from this, we draw that most
delicate thread, that composes our finest silks.
The silkworm was brought into Europe from the
East-Indies, about the year 550; — its labour is
very curious. At first this insect is only the egg of
a butterfly or moth; in the spring the heat hatches
it, and it becomes a small worm, a caterpillar,
which grows very fast, and is nourished by the
leaves of the mulberry-tree. When this worm
has changed its skin four times, its growth is
finished ;— it then spins about itself a cod or pod
of silk, in the middle of which it forms a retreat
in something like a tender shell, or enclosure
in which it shuts itself up ; thence it becomes a
chrysalis, that is enveloped in a case, and af-
terwards a moth or butterfly; when come to this
state, it pierces its cod and comes out; some