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 then he ey'd his sailor's garb,
With look of proud dehght:
The flowing kerchief round his neck,
The trowsers, wide and white.
The rose of health was on his cheek,
His forehead fair as day;
Hope play'd within his hazel eye.
And told his heart was gay.
And many a time the sturdy boy
Long'd for the hour to come
Which gave the hammock for his couch,
The ocean for his home.
And now the gallant ship rides nigh,
The wind is fair and free,
The busy hands have trimm'd her sails:
She stems the open sea.
The boy again is on the beach;
A mother's arms have press'd him,
A sister's hand is link'd in his,
A father's lip hath blessed him.
The eyes that lately sparkled bright
Are swoll'n with many a tear;
His young heart feels a choking pang.
To part from all so dear.
Another kiss — another sob.
And now the struggle's o'er;
He springs into the tiny boat,
And pushes from the shore.
The last sad drop upon his cheek
Falls mingling with the foam.
The sea-bird, screaming, welcomes him;
The ocean is his home!
(E. Cook.)
When o'er the silent seas alone,
For days and nights we've cheerless gone,
Oh they who 've felt it know how sweet.
Some sunny morn a sail to meet.
Sparkhng at once is ev'ry eye,
'Ship ahoy! ship ahoy!' our Joyful cry;
While answering back the sounds we hear
'Ship ahoy! ship ahoy! what cheer? what
Then sails are back'd, we nearer come,
Kind words are said of friends and home;
And soon, too soon, we part with pain,
To sail o'er silent seas again.
137. PILOTS.
Homeward-bound ships, on reaching their
native land, frequently experience much
difficulty in getting a pilot on board, when
most needed, which is the case on making
land during a heavy gale.
A pilot's duty is a very dangerous one,
and it is necessary they should be both
bold and fearless men who undertake it,
as they have to go off to ships when the
signal is made for them, let the state ot
the weather be what it may, although some-
times it is too bad for the most daring to
attempt; but this does not often happen.
I will tell you a story about a pilot going
off to a frigate in distress, during a gale,
which will show the difficulties that can be
overcome by experience and courage com-
The boats used by pilots are called lug-
They are good sea-boats, and generally
sail very fast: their masts are not fixed, so
that, when not required, they can be un-
shipped, and the boat is then propelled by
Pilots, from their occupation, being much
at sea, cruising about on the look out for
homeward-bound ships, are sometimes call-
ed hovellers.
Early one morning, during a tremendous
gale, a frigate, bound for Chatham, had
advanced up the Channel as far as Dover;
when, from the shattered and disabled state
of the vessel, her captain deemed it pru-
dent on his part, to make the signal for a
pilot, to take her through the Downs, and
into the mouth of the river Thames, in
safety. The frigate being also in a leaky
state, had a signal of distress flying (the
Union Jack hoisted upside down).
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the
weather, the bold hovellers of Dover were
not to be restrained from rendering aid
,where it was required. It is true, that a
royal craft — as a man-of-war is called —
did not promise them much reward for the
hazard which they ran (their remuneration
being generally much greater on board
merchant-vessels than in men-of-war); but
they knew that a signal of distress would
not be flying on board a frigate, unless
there was great danger, both to the ship
and crew; and there were amongst them
young and daring men, who wished to join-
the 'fellowship' — that is, to procure a
branch, or license as pilot; and they trust-
ed that their endeavours to save the fri-
gate, would be taken as a strong mark in
their favour.