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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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to feel the cold muzzle of a pistol at his
hreast instead ; he fell back terrified, and
humbly begged for pardon. Giving him a
kick, and threatening him with the basti-
nado, we drove our guides before us to the
other pyramids, which we wandered about
in the bright moonlight ; and then, after a
glimpse at the Sphinx, and a shot or two
at jackalls, returned to our abominable tomb.
Here, stretched in our capotes upon the
hard rock, we were soon alseep.
By the first daylight we resumed our in-
vestigation of the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
The latter is cut out of the solid rock, ex-
cept the leonine paws, which are built of
hewn stone. In front of this monster, and
enclosed within her arms, is a paved court,
about fitfy feet in extent, on which sacri-
fices were offered; and there was a sanc-
tuary in her bosom wherein the pji^ests
worshipped. This fantastic animal is 'al-
ways found representing a king, the union
of intellect and physical force; it abounds
in ancient Egypt, though never elsewhere
in a form of such colossal dimensions as
here. It is called by the Arabs 'the father
of terror,' or 'immensity.' Its features, as
well as its attitude, convey an impression
of profound repose: the former are muti-
lated, and want a nose, but appear to be
Egyptian in their character; though they
are partially painted of a dirty red colour,
and might pass for an exaggeration of the
countenance of a pugihst after severe
•punishing,' some authors have traced in
them an expression of the softest beauty
and most winning grace. If it were so, the
contrast of such loveliness with the colos-
sal size, and its leonine body, must have
produced a wonderful effect — Una and
her Lion, or the zodiacal signs of Leo and
Virgo, thus blended into one. Near her is
an immense tomb, discovered by Colonel
Vyse, containing a coffin of black basalt,
which still remains, and a sarcophagus,
which has been removed to the Britsh Mu-
seum.
Sir Gardner Wilkinson dates the build-
ing of the Pyramids about 2160 B. C., or
six hundred and twenty-five years before
the Exodus oft he Irraelites. Much has
been said to condradict their having been
used us sepulchres, and with some appear-
ance of plausibility. If they were so used,
they were doubtless connected also with
the worship of the country, and may have
been selected for the former purpose on
account of their consecration, as we use
Westminster Abbey.
On our return to the tomb, we found the
Sheikh of the village, who had heard of
j tha robber-hke demands of the Arabs, and
I had brought his executioner to bastinado
I them. We refused, perhaps weakly, to per-
j mit this; and, distributing some small gra-
i tuities that made the whole tribe happy,
I we took our homeward way, shooting quaits,
! as we passed through the corn-fiels.
(E. Warburton.)
175. THE RUINS OF NINEVEH.
Nineveh lias fallen, and yet Nineveh
exists. She exists in her ruins, and in her
ruins she is still great. The remains which
have been brought to light proclaim aloud
her former grandeur and glory, and when
these remains are all collected, we shall
stand amazed at the wealth and the power
of the great city.
It appears that, rather more than thirty
years ago, some attempts were made to ex-
plore these ruins by Mr. Rich, who was for
many years the political resident of the
East India Company at Baghdad. He first
examined the remains near Hillah, in the
neighbourhood of his own residence, in
which he found fragments of inscriptions, a
few bricks and engraved stones, and a coffin
of wood. He then visited Mosul, and was
attracted to the oppositie side of the river
by the report of certain pieces of sculpture
having been dug up in one of the mounds
there; but he could not obtain even a frag-
ment of it. After visiting the village con-
taining the tomb of Jonah, he next examin-
ed the mound known by the name of
Kouyunjik, but found only a few fragments
of pottery; so that, 'with the exception of
a small stone chair, and a few remains of
inscriptions, he obtained no other Assyrian
relics from the site of Nineveh; and he left
Mosul, little suspecting that in the mounds
were buried the palaces of the Assyrian
kings.' And these few fragments, which
were subsequently deposited in the British
Museum, formed almost 'the only collection
of Assyrian antiquities in Europe. A case
scarcely thee feet square enclosed all that
remained, not only of the great city of Ni-
neveh, but of Babylon itself
What was wanted to follow up these li-
mited researches was some lofty, enterpris-
ing spirit, with means and men at his com-
mand. He already existed. This was our
illustrious countryman, Mr. Layard, whose
researches and discoveries have won for
him an immortality of fame. Here is his
own account of the matter: —
•During the autumn of 1830 ant the win-
ter of 1840, 1 had been wandering through