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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 Rock with red-hot balls, a device which
was found to produce the most powerful
effect. The enemy, however, now prepared
for a grand effort. On the 12th of Sep-
tember the combined fleets of France and
Spain arrived in the bay. Next morning
there was drawn up around the south and
west sides of the promontory a most for-
midable armament, consisting of forty-sevoi
sail of the line, seven of which were three-
deckers. together with ten batteringships,
the strongest that had ever been built, and
many frigates and smaller vessels. On
land there lay an army of 40,000 men,
with batteries on which were mounted 200
pieces of heavy ordnance. On the other
side, the garrison now consisted of about
7000 effective men. The ships were per-
initted to take their stations without molest-
ation; but, about a quarter before ten
o'clock, as soon as the first of them dropped
anchor, the citadel began to pour upon
them its hitherto-reserved artillery. Now
commenced a scene of terrible sublimity.
Four hundred pieces of the heaviest ord-
nance thundered without intermission, and
tilled the air with smoke and flame. 'For
some hours,' says Captain Drinkwater, 'the
attack and defence were so equally well
supported as scarcely to admit any appear-
ance of superiority in the cannonade on
either side. The wonderful construction of
the ships seemed to bid defiance to the
powers of the heaviest ordnance. In the
afternoon, however, the face of things be-
gan to change considerably. The smoke
which had been observed to issue from the
upper part of the flag-ship appeared to
prevail, notwithstanding the constant appli-
cation of water; and the admiral's second
was perceived to be in the same condition.
Confusion was now apparent on board se-
veral of the vessels; and, by the evening,
their cannonade was considerably abated.
About seven or eight o'clock it almost en-
tirely ceased, excepting from one or two
ships to the northward, which, from their
distance, had suffered little injury.'
In the end, the attack ended in the com-
plete annihilation of the assaihng squadron.
All the larger ships were beaten to pieces
or burnt. As night approached groans
and signals of distress from those on board
the shattered navy supphed the place of
the now slackened fire. Many of the wretch-
ed men were struggling for life in the
waters; and the victors themselves at last
put out to their assistance, and picked num-
bers of them up. The loss of the enemy
was supposed to amount to about 2000, in-
cluding prisoners. Of the English there
were only 16 killed and 68 wounded. The
Rock was a much better defence than even
those strong-built men-of-war. The assail-
ants had had 300 pieces of ordnance in
play; the garrison only employed 80 can-
nons, 70 mortars, and 9 howitzers. 'Upwards
of 8300 rounds,' says Captain Drinkwater,
'more than half of which were hot shot,
and 716 barrels of jowder, were expended
by our artiflery.'
Even this complete discomfiture, however,
did not subdue the obstinacy of the besieg-
ers. They continued to encompass the
place, and even to keep up a feeble fire
upon it some months longer. At length
the long blockade was terminated by the
announcement of the signature of the pre-
liminaries of a general peace on the 2d of
February, 1783. The men in the Spanish
boat that came with the tidings of this
event made their appearance with ecstasy
in their countenances, and exclaiming, 'We
are all friends!' It was not till the 10th of
March, however, that free intercourse was
reestablished by the arrival from England
of the official intelligence that peace had
been concluded. General Elliot and his
brave companions soon after returned home
to receive the congratulations of their coun-
try; and since this hard contest no foreign
power has dared to assault Gibraltar.
92. THE SEA.
The Sea, the Sea! the open Sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
Without a mark, without a bound.
It runneth the earth's wide regions round;
It plays with the clouds, it mocks the skies,
Or like a cradled creature hes.
I'm on the Sea; I am on the Sea!
I am where I would ever be;
With the blue above, and the blue below.
And silence wheresoe'er I go;
If a storm should come and awake the deep.
What matter? I shall ride and sleep.
I love, oh! how I love, to ride
On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide.
When every mad wave drowns the moon,
Or whistles aloft its tempest tune.
And tells how goeth the world below.
And why the south-west blasts do blow.
I never was on the dull tame shore,
But I lov'd the great Sea more and more,
And backwards flew to her billowy breast,
Like a bird that seeketh its mothers nest;