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 immediately placed himself as directed;
by means of which the fox, without much
difficulty, gained the top. — 'And now,
said the goat, give me the assistance you
promised.' — 'Thou, old fool, replied the
fox, hadst thou but half as much brains
as beard, thou wouldst never have believed
that I would hazard my own life to save
thine. However, I will leave with thee a
piece of advice, which may be of service
to thee hereafter, if thou shouldst have
the good fortune to make thy escape:
Never venture into a well again, before
thou hast well considered how to get out
of it.'
A Wolf, with hunger fierce and bold,
llavag'd the plains, and thinn'd the fohl:
Deep in the wood secure he lay,
The thefts of night regal'd the day.
In vain the shepherd's wakeful care
Had spread the toils, and watch'd the
In vain the dog pursu'd his pace;
The tleeter robber mock'd the chase.
As Lightfoot rang'd the forest round,
By chance his foe's retreat he found.
Let us awhile the war suspend.
And reason as from friend to friend.
A truce! replies the Wolf. 'T is done!
The Dog the parley thus begun: —
How can that strong intrepid mind
Attack a weak defenceless kind?
Those jaws should prey on nobler food,
And drink the boar's and lion's blood.
Great souls with gen'rous pity melt.
Which coward tyrants never lelt.
How harmless is our Heecy care!
Be brave and let thy mercy spare.
Friend, says the Wolf, the matter weigh:
Nature design'd us beasts of prey;
As such, when hunger finds a treat,
T is necessary wolves should eat.
If, mindful of the bleating weal,
Thy bosom burn with real zeal.
Hence, and thy tyrant lord beseech;
To him repeat thy moving speech.
A wolf eats sheep but now and then;
Ten thousands are devour'd by men!
An open foe may prove a curse.
But a pretended friend is worse.
There was a garden enclosed with high
brick walls, and laid out somewhat in the
old fashion. Under the walls were wide
beds planted with flowers, garden-stuff,
and fruit-trees. Next to them was a broad
gravel walk running round the garden:
and the middle was laid out in grass plots,
and beds of flowers and shrubs, with a
fish-pond in the centre.
Near the root of one of the wall-fruit
trees, a numerous colony of ants was
established, which had extended its
subterraneous works over a great part of
the bed in its neighbourhood. One day,
two of the inhabitants meeting in a gallery
under ground, fell into the following con-
'Ha! my friend (said the first), is it
you? I am glad to see you. Where have
you been this long time? All your
acquaintance have been in pain about yo\i,
lest some accident should have befallen
'Why (replied the other), I am indeed
a sort of stranger, for you must know I
am but just returned from a long journey.'
'A journey! wliither, pray, and on what
'A tour of mere curiosity. I had long
felt dissatisfied with knowing so little about
this world of ours; so, at length, I took
a resolution to explore il. And I may
now boast that I have gone round it&
utmost extremities, and that no considerable
portion of it has escaped my researches.'
'Wonderful! What a traveller you ha^e
been, and what sights you must have seen I'
'Why, yes — i have seen more than
most ants, to be sure; but it has been at
the expense of so much toil and danger,
that I know not whether it was worth the
'Would you oblige me with some account
of your adventures ?'
'Willingly. I set out, then, early one
sunshiny morning; and, after crossing our
territory and the line of plantation by
which it is bordered, I came upon a wide
open plain, where, as far as the eye could
reach, not a single green thing was to bo
descried, but the hard soil was every where
covered with huge stones, which made
travelling equally painful to the eye and
the feet. As 1 was toiling onwards, I
heard a rumbling noise behind me, which
became louder and louder. I looked back,
and with the utmost horror beheld a
prodigious rolling mountain approaching me
so fast, that it was impossible to get out
of the way. I threw myself flat on the
ground behind a stone, and lay expecting
nothing but present death. The mountain
soon passed over me, and I continued, I