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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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The War of tbe Succession, as it was call-
ed, lasted eleven years. Its chief theatre
was the Netherlands, and there most of
Marlborough's victories were gained. As it
would be tedious to enter into the details
of the war, we shall content ourselves with
noticing these victories.
On the ISth of August 1704, was fought
the great battle of Blenheim, on the banks
of the Danube, in Germany. The emperor
being hard pressed by the French and their
allies, Marlborough marched to his relief.
He was joined by the imperial general,
prince Eugene of Savoy; and their united
force amounted to about fity-two thousand
men, while that of the enemy, under the
elector of Bavaria and the French marshal,
Tallard, counted fifty-six thousand. The
battle began at one o'clock in the after-
noon and lasted till night, when it termin-
ated in the total defeat of the enemy,
whose loss in killed (including those drown-
ed in the Danube) and prisoners was forty
thousand men. Among those taken were
marshal Tallard and one hundred of hih
officers. The loss of the allies was four
thousand five hundred killed, and seven
thousand five hundred wounded. For this
great victory Marlborough received the
thanks of the two houses of parliament;
the royal manor of Woodstock was confer-
red on him and his heirs, and the queen
gave orders to erect on it, at the expence
of the crown, a splendid mansion, to be
named Blenheim-castle.
In the campaign of the year 1706, Marl-
borough was preparing to lay siege to the
town of Namur. The court of France sent
orders to marshal Villeroy to risk a battle
in its defence, and on Whit-Sunday, the
23rd of May, he engaged the allies near a
village named Hamilhes. The armies on
both sides were nearly equal, each count-
ing about sixty thousand men. As at Blen-
heim, the action commenced at one o'clock
and lasted till night, and it also terminated
in the total defeat of the French, who had
thirteen thousand men killed, wounded, and
taken, while the allies had only one thou-
sand killed, and two thousand five hundred
wounded.
Tlie next victory of Marlborough was in
the campaign of 1708. The French army,
under one of Louis' grandsons and the duke
of Vendôme, was besieging the town of
Oudenarde. Marlborough marched to its
relief; the French raised the siege at his
approach; but on the 11th of July he
brought them to an engagement near that
town. The coming on of night saved them
from a total rout; but they lost three thou-
sand men killed, and seven thousand pri-
soners; the total loss of the allies was about
two thousand men.
Marlborough's last victory was in the
year 1709. As he and prince Eugene were
preparing to lay siege to Möns, the French
marshall, Yillars, hastened to its relief. He
posted his army, of ninety thousand men,
between two woods near a place named
Malplaquet, and secured his camp with
strong entrenchments. Here, however, he
was attacked by the aUies on 11th of Sep-
tember. The troops were equal in num-
ber, but the advantage in position was
greatly on the side of the French; the
contest was the most obstinate of any that
had occurred during the war; but the hon-
our of the day, with the loss of twenty
thousand killed and wounded, remained
with the allies, the French retiring with
a loss of fourteen thousand men. The
siege and capture of Möns terminated the
campaign.
Though we have thus only noticed the
great battles fought by the duke of Marl-
borough, they by no means alone contribute
to his military reputation. The siege and
capture of Dendermond, Ostend, Lisle,
Ghent, Möns, and other places, are dis-
tinguished in the annals of war; and the
skill with which he managed to make the
troops and cabinets of so many different
states act in concert, is worthy of a Han-
nibal. Marlborough was a man of human-
ity; he cared for his soldiers, who, in re-
turn, were much attached to him. Their
familiar name for him was corporal John.
(Th. Keightley)
76. RULE BRITANNIA.
When Britain first at Heaven's command
Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sung this strain:
Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the wavest
Britons never shall be slaves.
The nations not so blest as thee,
Must in their turns to tyrants fall!
Whilst thou shalt ffourish great and free.
The dread and envy of them all.
Rule Britannia etc.
Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke:
As the loud blast, that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.
Rule Britannia etc.