Titel: Hints and questions for the use of candidates, lower instruction English
Auteur: Hoog, W. de
Uitgave: Dordrecht: J.P. Revers, 1890 *
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4878
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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moist, mellow earth beginning to put forth the green sprout and the
tender blade : and the trees and shrubs, in their reviving tints and
bursting buds, giving the promise of returning foliage and flower.
The cold snowdrop, that little borderer on the skirts of winter, was
to be seen with its chaste white blossoms in the small gardens
before the cottages. The bleating of the nevv-dropt lambs was
faintly heard from the fields. The sparrow twittered about the
thatched eaves and budding hedges ; the robin threw a livelier note
into his late querulous wintry sti'ain ; and the lark, springing up
from the reeking bosom of the meadow, towered away into the
bright fleecy cloud, pouring forth torrents of melody. As I watched
the little songster, mounting up higher and higher, until his body
was a mere speck on the white bosom of the cloud, while the ear
was still filled with his music, it called to mind an exquisite
little song.
Indeed, the whole country about here is poetic ground : every-
thing is associated with the idea of Shakespeare. Every old cottage
that I saw, I fancied into some I'csort of his boyhood, where he had
acquired his intimate knowledge of rustic life and manners, and
heard those legendary tales and wild superstitions which he has
woven like witchcraft into his dramas. For in his time, we are
told, it was a popular amusement in winter evenings „ to sit round
the fire, and tell merry tales of errant knights, queens, lovers, lords,
ladies, giants, dwarfs, thieves, cheaters, witches, fairies, goblins,
and friars."
My route for a part of the way lay in sight of the Avon, which
made a vaiiety of the most fancy doublings and windings through a
wide and fertile valley ; sometimes glittering from among willows,
which fringed its borders; sometimes disappearing among groves,
or beneath green banks; and sometimes rambling out into full view
and making an azure sweep round a slope of meadow-land.
Slight and ridiculous as the incident was, it made him appear
such a little fiend, and withal such a keen and knowing one, that
the old woman felt too much afraid of him to utter a single word.