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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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with the army, four months; assisted at the
capture of seven sail of the line, six frigates
four corvettes, and eleven privateers; taken
and destroyed near fifty sail of merchant
vessels; and, in short, actually been engaged
against the enemy upwards of one hundred
and twenty times!'
These brilliant exploits were only to be
eclipsed by his three following great vic-
tories; the important account of which
will for ever occupy many of the proudest
pages of our national history; the battle
of the Nile, August 1, 1798; the battle of
Copenhagen, April 2, 1801; and the battle
of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805. In which
last conflict, absolutely annihilating the naval
power of our combined enemies, he nobly
terminated his career of matchless glory;
and expired, as it were, in the arms of
Victory, exclaiming — '1 have done my
duty!'
Lord Nelson possessed a mighty genius,
an ardent spirit, and a resolute mind. Cool,
prompt and discerning in the midst of
dangers, he roused all his powerful ener-
gies into action, and the strong faculties
of his soul were vigilantly exerted in the
midst of the fury of battle, to make every
accident contribute to his own triumph,
and the glory of his country. In his man-
ners he was polished and gentle; and was
not deficient in the charities of life.
95. THE DEATH OF NELSON.
O'er Nelson's tomb with silent grief op-
press'd,
Britannia mourn'd her hero now at rest;
But those bright laurels ne'er shall fade
with years [tears.
Whose leaves are watered with a nation's
'Twas in Trafafgar's bay.
We saw the Frenchmen lay.
Each heart was bounding then;
We scorn'd the foreign yoke,
Our ships were British oak,
Hearts of oak are our men;
Our Nelson mark'd them on the wave,
Three cheers our gallant seamen gave.
Nor thought of home or beauty;
Along the line the signal ran,
•England expects that every man,
'This day will do his duty.'
And now the cannons roar,
Along the affrighted shore,
Our Nelson led the way;
His ship the Vict'ry named,"
Long be that Vict'ry fam'd!
For Vict'ry crown'd the day!
But dearly 'was that conquest bought,
Too well the gallant hero fought,
For England, home, and beauty.
He cried as 'midst the fire he ran,
'England expects that every man,
This day will do his duty.'
At last the fatal wound.
Which spread dismay around,
The hero's breast receiv'd;
'Heaven fights on our side.
The day's our own!' he cried;
*Now long enough I've liv'd;
In honour's cause my life is past.
In honours cause I fall at last,
For England, home, and beauty.'
Thus ending life as he began,
England confess'd that every man
That day had done his duty.
90. THE BATTLE OF THE NILE.
The French fleet arrived at Alexandria
on the 1st of July, and Brueys, not being
able to enter the port, which time and
neglect had ruined, moored the ships in
Aboukir Bay, in a strong and compact line
of battle; the headmost vessel, according
to his own account, being as close as pos-
sible to a shoal on the north-west, and the
rest of the fleet forming a kind of curve
along the line of deep water, so as not to
be turned by any means in the south-west.
The advantage of numbers, both in ships,,
guns, and men was in favour of the French.
They had thirteen ships of the line and
four frigates, carrying 1196 guns and 11,230
men. The English liad the same number
of ships of the line, and one fifty-gun ship,
carrying 1012 guns, and 8068 men. The
English ships were all seventy-fours: the
French had three eighty-gun ships, and
one three-decker of one hundred and twenty.
During the wole pursuit it had been
Nelson's practice, whenever circumstances
would permit, to have his captains on board
the Vanguard, and explain to them his
own ideas of the dill'erent and best modes
of attack, and such plans as he proposed
to execute on falling in with the enemy,
whatever their situation might be. There
is no possible position, it is said, which he
did not take into consideration. His offi-
cers were thus fully acquainted with his
principles of tactics, and such was his con-
fidence in their abihties, that the only;
thing determined upon, in case they should
find the French at anchor, was for the
ships to form as most convenient for their