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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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And a mother she was and is to me;
For I was born on the open Sea!
The waves were white, and red the morn,
In the noisy hour when I was born;
And the whale it whistled, the porpoise
And the dolphins bared their backs of gold;
And never was heard such an outcry wild
As welcomed to life the Ocean-child.
Tve lived since then, in calm and strife,
Full fifty summers a sailor's life.
With wealth to spend and a power to
But never have sought nor sighed for
And death, whenever he come to me.
Shall come on the wild unbounded Sea.
i The white cliffs of England, how proudly
■ they stand,
C The bulwarks that circle our dear native
These fortresses nature has riveted there,
To shelter the isle of the brave and the
How nobly the storm and tempest they
brave, [the wave;
Unshook by the wind and unharmed by
The pride of the world for ever shall be
The white cliffs of England — the pearls
of the sea.
The white cliffs of England, when far o'er
the main.
The mariner longs to behold them again;
Like the beacon of hope to his vision they
When the pleasures of home in his memory
Oh! ne'er shall a foreign invader be found
To ravish the land with such fortresses
bound: [and free
But the standard of England float proudly
From the white clifls of England — the
pearls of the sea.
Nelson, a most illustrious English seaman,
was the fourth son ofthe Reverend Edmund
Nelson, of Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk; where,
on Michaelmas-day 1758, this incomparable
commander was born. At the age of twelve,
on the rumour of a Spanish war, having
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seen, in a newspaper, that his maternal
uncle. Captain Suckling, was appointed to
the Raisonable of 64 guns, he entreated to
serve under him. Accordingly, this was the
first ship he entered; but, as the expected
hostilities did not take place, he was ju-
diciously sent on a voyage to the West Indies.
On his return, July 1772, he was received
by his uncle, on board the Triumph guard-
ship, at Chatham; and, in June 1773, was
taken by Captain Lutwidge, in the Carcass,
on the famous expedition to the north pole;
where he demonstrated such uncommon
naval skill, fortitude, resolution, and per-
severance, as excited general admiration.
He next went, as a midshipman, in the Sea
Horse, to the East Indies; where he lost
the use of his limbs, for some time, by
the influence of the climate.
In 1777, he was made lieutenant of the
Lowestoffe; in 1778, post-captain of the
Hinchinbroke; and, in 1781, the Albemarle,
of 28 guns, which he commanded tiU the
peace of 1783: having distinguished him-
self as one of the very ablest, bravest, and
most active commanders ever known. In
1784, he went, in the Boreas of 28 guns,
to the Leeward islands. He returned to
England in June, and retired to Burnham
In 1793, on the war with France, he was
appointed to the Agamemnon of 64 guns.
His services, while in this ship, would alone
fill a volume: in the mean time, he as-
sisted occasionally on land; particularly, at
the sieges of Bastia and Calvi, at the latter
of which he lost the sight of his right eye.
In 1790, having been appointed to the
Captain of 74 guns, he was raised, by Sir
John Jervis, to the rank of commodore: a
favour soon nobly repaid, in the famous
battle of February 14, 1797; which so de-
servedly gave Sir John Jervis the title of
earl of St. Vincent, though Nelson's share
in the victory made him largely participate
the glory. He had been made rear-admiral,
and was now created a knight of the Bath;
but in an attempt upon Teneriffe, he lost
his right arm, and was obliged to go to
England, where he received every token
of general admiration and regard. These
were not a little increased by the list of
services, in the memorial required on the
grant of his pension of 1000 L. a year;
stating, 'that he had, during the war, been
in four actions with the fleets of the enemy;
in three actions with frigates; in six en-
gagements against batteries; in ten actions
in boats employed in cutting out of harbours,
in destroying vessels, and in taking three
towns; that he had also served on shore,