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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Once upon a time a Giant and a Dwarf
-were friends, and kept together. They
made a bargain that they would never
forsake each other, but go seek adventures.
The first battle they fought was with two
Saracens; and the Dwarf, who was very
courageous, dealt one of the champions a
most angry blow. It did the Saracen very
little injury, who lifting up his sword,
fairly struck otf the poor Dwarf's arm.
He was now in a woeful plight; but the
Giant coming to his assistance, in a short
time left the two Saracens dead on the
plain; and the Dwarf cut off the dead
man's head out of spite. They then
travelled on to another adventure. This
was against three bloody-minded Satyrs,
who were carrying away a damsel in
distress. The Dwarf was not quite so
fierce now as before; but for all that struck
the first blow, which was returned by
another, that knocked out his eye: but the
Giant was soon up with them, and had
they not fled, would certainly have killed
them every one. They were all veryjoyful
for this victory, and the damsel who was
relieved, fell in love with the Giant and
married him. They now travelled far^ and
farther than I can tell, till they met with
a company of robbers. The Giant, for the
first time, was foremost now; but the
Dwarf was not far behind. Tlie battle
was stout and long. Wherever the Giant
came all fell before him; but the Dwarf
had like to have been killed more than
once. At last the victory declared for the
two adventurers; biit the Dwarf lost his
leg. The Dwarf was now without an arm,
a leg, and an eye, while the Giant was
without a single wound. Upon which he
cried out to his little companion, 'My
little hero this is glorious sport; let us
get one victory more, and then we shall
have honour for ever.' 'No,' cries the
Dw^arf, who was by this time grown wiser,
*no, I declare off; I'll fight no more: for
1 find in every battle that you get all the
honour and rewards, but all the blows fall
upon me.' (Goldsmith.)
A wolf lay at the last gasp, and was
reviewing his past life. 'U is true,' said
he, 'I am a great sinner, but yet, I hope,
not one of the greatest. I have done evil,
but I have also done much good. Once,
I remember, a bleating lamb, that had
strayed from the llock, came so near to
me that I might easily have throttled it;
but I did it no harm. At the same time,
I listened with the most astonishing
indifference to the gibes and scoifs of a
sheep, although I had nothing to fear
from dogs.'
'I can testify to all that,' said his friend
the fox, who was helping him to prepare for
death, 't remember perfectly all the
circumstances. It was just at the time
when you were so dreadfully choked with
that bone which the good-natured crane
afterwards drew out of your throat.'
A humming-bird met a butterily, and,
being pleased with the beauty of its person
and the glory of its wings, made an offer
of perpetual friendship. 'I cannot think of
it,' was the reply, 'as you once spurned
me, and called me a crawling dolt.' —
'Impossible!' exclaimed the humming-bird,
'1 always entertained the highest respect
lor such beautiful creatures as you.' —
Terhaps you do now,' said the other;
'but when you insulted me, I was a
caterpillar. So let me give you a piece
of advice: never insult the humble, as they
may some day become your superiors.'
A fox and a goat travelling together,
on a very sultry day, found themselves
exceedingly thirsty; when, looking round
the country in order to discover a place
where they might probably meet with
water, they at length descried a clear
spring at the bottom of a well. They both
eargerly descended, and having sufficiently
allayed their thirst, began to consider how
they should get out. Many expedients for
that purpose were mutually proposed and
rejected. At last the crafty fox cried out
with great joy: — 'I have a thought just
struck into my mind, which^ 1 am confident,
will extricate us out of our difficulty: do
you, said he to the goat, only rear yourself
up upon your hind legs, and rest your
fore feet against the side of the well. 3n
this posture, I will climb up to your head,
from whence I shall be able, with a spring,
to reach the top, and when I am once
there, you are sensible it will be very
easy for me to pull you out by the horns.'
The simple goat liked the proposal well;