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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series of misfortunes had reduced him to the necessity- of
cultivating a garden, for a small stipend, in the suburbs
of the city.
While Abdolonymus was busily employed in weeding his
garden, the two friends of Hephaestion, bearing in their
hands the ensigns of royalty, approached him, and saluted
him king, informing him, that Alexander had appointed
him to that office, and requiring him immediately to ex-
cliange his rustic garb and utensils of husbandry, 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 illu-
sion of the fancy, or an insult offered to his poverty. He
requested them not to trouble him farther with their im-
pertinent jests, and to find some other Avay of amusing
themselves, which might leave him in the peaceable enjoy-
ment 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 palace.
No sooner was he in possession of the government, 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 his poverty. "Would to Heaven,"
replied Abdolonymus, "that I may be able to bear my
crown with equal moderation; for, when I possessed little,
I wanted notliing: these hands supplied me with whatever
T desired." From this answer Alexander formed so high
an idea of his wisdom, that he confirmed the choice which
had been made, and annexed a neighbouring province to
the government of Sidon.