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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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others run about with blazing sticks, whirl-
ing them round and round in the air. At
last, when the squibs and crackers are all
let off, the chestnuts and potatoes roasted
and eaten, and the fire is got quite low,
the red ashes are kicked about, and the
young people, by degrees, walk away to
their several homes.
The next thing that I shall tell you about
will be Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder
plot. It is in remembrance of the gunpow-
der plot that Guy Fawkes is carried about
in the morning, and burnt at night in the
bonfires that are made.
The gunpowder plot was one of the most
shocking designs that ever entered into the
mind of man, but it pleased God that it
should not be executed.
Some Roman Cathohcs in England, in
the reign of King James the first, in 1605,
formed a conspiracy to change the rehgion
of the country, by setting aside the pro-
testant faith and establishing popery in its
place.
Several of them got together and formed
the plot of blowing up the parliament house
with gunpowder, when the king, the queen,
the king's eldest son, the nobles, and the
members, were all present. This was what
is called the gunpowder plot.
One Catesby first thought of this plan,
thinking it possible to place a sufficient
quantity of gunpowder under the parhament
house, to blow the whole up together.
Great secrecy was observed, and a house
joining the parliament house was hired,
that they might bore a hole through it,
under the other. The wall was three yards
(hick, but they got through it, one way or
another, and then found that the parliament
house had vaults under it, which contained
a quantity of coal. These vaults were to
let; so they hired them, and placed there,
secretly, thirty-six barrels of gunpowder,
which had been bought in Holland.
When the gunpowder was placed in the
vaults, the barrels were covered over with
(ioals and faggots, and as the door of the
vaults was left open for people to go in
and out, no one was likely to suspect the
plot. Was not this a cunning contrivance?
Cunning, however, as it was, it did not suc-
ceed; for it often pleases God to disappoint
fhe cruel designs of wicked men. How much
better it is to fear God, and keep his com-
mandments, than to run headlong to de-
struction by plotting evil against others!
Among the conspirators was one Sir
Henry Percy, who, not liking to blow up a
friend of his, Lord Mounteagle, with the
rest, wrote him a letter to put him on his
guard. I dare say you would like to know
what he said in the letter. I will tell you;
as near as I can remember, the words
were these:
'My Lord, stay away from this parhament,
for God and man have concurred to punish
the wickedness of the times. And think
not slightly of this advertisement, but retire
yourself into your country, where you may
expect the event in safety. For though
there be no appearance of any stir, yet I
say they will receive a terrible blow, this
parliament, and yet they shall not see who
hurts them. This counsel is not to be con-
temned, because it may do you good, and
can do you no harm, for the danger is pass-
ed as soon as you have burned this letter.'
Well, what do you think of the letter?
Was it not enough to frighten Lord Mount-
eagle?
At first he thought it was only intended
to alarm him, but afterwards he took it to
Lord Salisbury, the secretary of state, who
laid it before the king in council. The let-
ter puzzled the council as much as it had
puzzled Lord Mounteagle, and King James
himself was the first to suspect that there
was some plan to blow them up with gun-
powder. The vaults under the parliament
house were searched, and there they found,
not only the barrels of gunpowder, but Guy
Fawkes himself, one of the conspirators,
wrapped up in a loose cloak, with boots
on, and a dark lantern in his hands. Thus
was the plot discovered, and that dreadful
explosion prevented, which would not only
have destroyed the king, the lords, and the
commons, but also have plunged the nation
into confusion and perhaps into a civil wat.
Did you ever hear of a plot half so ter-
rible as the gunpowder plot, and are you
not heartily glad that it was found out be-
fore Guy Fawkes set fire to the train of
gunpowder? {p. parley.}
156. OUR MIDSUMMER HOLIDAYS;
OR, WHAT WE DID IN THE COUNTRY.
There is nothing like the country after
all; the wild, open country, not your sub-
urban districts, with horticultural luxuries,
and rustic villas, and marble halls, and
noble terraces, and artificial cascades. The
country I mean is the country of fine old
forests, and moors, and heaths, and broad
tracts of tillage, intermixed with natural
rocks and precipices, wide stretches of
meadow, sweet uplands and downlands,
primrose ditches, whitethorn hedges, violet
banks, and pools of yellow waterllags, and