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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ten every moment the fall of the house. We
therefore thought 8) it more safe to go into the
open air, guarding our heads as well aswecould,
with pillows tied upon them. The wind conti-
nuing adverse, and the sea very rough, we re-
mained on the shore, until a sulphureous and
fiery vapour oppressed my weak lungs, and ended
my life. — In all this I hope that I acted as the
duty of my station required, and with true mag-
nanimity. Bnt on this occasion, and in many
other parts of your life, I must say, my dear
nephew, that there was a vanity niiied with your
virtue which hurt and disgraced it. Without that,
you would have been one of the worthiest men
that Rome has produced : for none ever excelled
you in the integrity of your heart and greatness
of your sentiments. Why would you lose the
substance of glory by seeking the shadow? Your
eloquence had the same fault as your manners :
it was too affected.
Pliny the Younger, I have too high a respect
for you, uncle, to question your judgement either
of my life or my writings. They might both
have been better, if I had not been too solici-
tous to render them perfect. But it is not for
me to say much on that subject, permit me there-
fore to return to the subject, on which we began
our conversation. What a direful calamity was
the eruption of Vesuvius, which you have now
been describing. Don't 7) you remember the
beauty of that charming coast and of the moun-
tain itself, before it was broken 10) and torn 11)
with the violence of those sudden fires, that for-
ced their way through it and carried desolation
and ruin over all the neighbouring country? The
foot of it was covered with cornfields and rich
meadows, interspersed with fine villas and mag-
nificent towns; the sides of it were clothed with
the best vines in Italy, producing the richest and
noblest wines. How quick, how unexpected,