Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
5e, verb. dr.
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5818
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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table. He throws oft' tlie eiiaplet of roses. He hastens to
remove from his dangerous situation, and at last begs the
King to restore him to his former humble condition,
having no desire to enjoy any longer such a dreadful kind
of happiness.
A Lesson of Perseverance from a Spider.
The celebrated Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, after
being several times defeated by the English, and almost
despairing to be able to restore the independence of his
country, was once out in disguise, reconnoitring the posi-
tions of the enemy. Being much fatigued, he one night
took up his lodging in a barn, and, on awaking in the
morning, he remarked a large spider endeavouring to climb
up a post, that was very smooth. The insect, not finding
a firm hold for its little feet, slipped and fell several times
to the ground, yet immediately recommenced its efibits.
The perseverance of the insect attracted the attention of the
king, and he beheld with regret every unsuccessful attempt.
The spider, however, recommenced after every fall, and
at length, after twelve failures, Bruce saw, with pleasure,
the thirteenth trial crownrd with success. Pie immediately
exclaimed, "What a lesson for mankind! I will profit by
it, for it is the best I ever received. I have been already
twelve times defeated by the superior force of my enemies;
I will follow the example of the spider; another efl^ort may
be successful." — He then collected all his forces, addressed
them in a most animating speech, and led them with ardour
against the English, who were commanded by king Edward II.
(the Second). A battle took place at Bannockburn, in which
Edward was completely defeated, and obliged to fly in con-
fusion, leaving behind him his provisions, military engines,
and treasures.
"Despair of nothing that you would obtain.
Unwearied diligence your point will gain."