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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The party-coloured Shield.
In the days of knight-errantry and paganism, one of the
old British princes set up a statue to the Goddess of Victory,
in a point where four roads met together. In her right hand
she held a spear, and rested her left upon a shield; the
outside of this shield was of gold and the inside of silver.
On the former was inscribed, in the old British language.
To the Goddess ever Favourable; and on the other. For
four victories, obtained successively over the Plcts and
other inhabitants of the northern islarids.
It happened one day that two knights completely armed,
the one in black armour and the other in white, arrived
from opposite parts of the country at this statue, just about
the same time: and as neither of themliad seen it before,
tliey stopped to read the inscription, and observe the ex-
cellence of its workmanship. After comtemplating it for
some time, "This golden shield," cried the black knight—
"Golden shield!" cried the white knight, who was as
strictly observing the opposite side, "why, if I have my
eyes, it is silver." "I know nothing of your eyes," re-
plied the black knight, "but if ever I saw a golden
shield in my life, this is one." — "Yes," returned the
white knight, smiling, "it is very probable, indeed, that
they should expose a shield of gold in so public a place
as this; for my ,part, I w^onder even a silver one is not too
strong a temptation for the devotion of some people that
pass this way; and it appears by the date, that this has
been here above three years." The black knight could not
bear the smile with which this was delivered, and grew so
warm in the dispute, that it soon ended in a challenge.
They both therefore turned their horses, and rode back so
far as to have sufficient space for their career, then fixed
their spears in their rests, and flew at each other with the
greatest fury and impetuosity. Their shock was so rude,
and the blow on each side so effectual, that they both fell