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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being out a hunting, heard some dreadful cries.
He advanced, and saw 4) a lion entwined with a
great serpent; touched with compassion he killed
the reptile without wounding the lion. From
that moment the lion became attached to his de-
liverer, and would not quit him. The knight
being about to embark on board a ship, they
told 5) him they had not sufficient provisions on
board the vessel to take charge of the lion. They
determined therefore to leave him on the shore.
The animal seeing the vessel depart, set up a hi-
deous cry, threw 6) himself into the sea, and
swam after the ship till ho could swim no longer,
and was drowned.
The elephant is the tallest and biggest of all
animals. It is a living colossus. They have been
seen more than fifteen feet high. There are many
elephants in Asia and Africa, but those of the
East-Indies are the largest. The figure of an ele-
phant is unlike that of every other quadruped.
It is a heavy mass, without proportion. It has
two great teeth 7) on each side of its mouth,
which are its weapons of defence. Besides this,
it has a long trunk like a tube, with which it
takes up its food, and which it uses as a hand.
The elephant eats a great deal, though it can stay
seven or eight days without eating or drinking.
Although very heavy, it is swift of foot, and
can gallop, but it does not turn readily. This
•nnimal, though wild, is very docile, beingeasily
tamed. There is nothing to fear from it, but
when it is irritated. We derive great services
from the prodigious strength of the elephant. It
will carry more than 3000 pounds weight. For-
merly they were used in war. Towers full of
bowmen and archers were placed upon their backs,
and they pushed on among the thickest battalions :
men, horses, machines, all gave way to their
enormous weight. The greatest enemies of the
elephant, are the tiger, the lion, the rhinoceros.