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Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
6e verb. dr
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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ing many, who would have been ambitious of
this high honour, they made choice of Abdolo-
nymus, whose singular merit had rendered him
conspicuous even in the vale of obscurity.
Though remotely related to the royal family, a
series of misfortunes had reduced him to the ne-
cessity of cultivating a garden, for a small sti-
pend, in the suburbs of the city.
While Abdolonymus was busily employed in
weeding his garden, the two friends of Hephae-
stion, bearing in their hands the ensigns of roy-
alty, approached him, and saluted him king, in-
forming him, that Alexander had appointed him
to that office, and requiring him immediately to
exchange his rustic garb and utensils of hus-
bandry, for the regal robe and sceptre. At the
same time, they urged him, when he should be
seated on the throne, and have a nation in his
power, not to forget the humble condition,
from which he had been raised.
All this, at first, appeared to Abdolonymus as an
illusion of the fancy, or an insult offered to his
poverty. He requested them not to trouble him
farther with their impertinent jests, and to find
some other way of amusing themselves, which
might leave him in the peaceable enjoyment of his
obscure habitation. — At length, however, they
convinced him, that they were serious in their
proposal, and prevailed upon him to accept the
regal office, and accompany them to the palacé.
No sooner was he in possession of the govern-
ment, than pride and envy created him enemies,
who whispered their murmurs in every place,
till at last they reached the ear of Alexander;
who, commanding the new elected prince to be
sent for, inquired of him, with what temper of
mind he had borne 1) his poverty. » Would to
Heaven," replied Abdolonymus, • that I may
be able to bear my crown with equal modéra-