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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Asia Minor and Syria, scarcely leaving un-
trod one spot hallowed by tradition, or un-
visited one ruin consecrated by history. I
was accompanied by one no less curious
and enthusiastic than myself. We were
both equally careless of comfort and un-
mindful of danger. We rode alone: — our
arms were our only protection; — a vahse
behind our saddles was our wardrobe; —
and we tended our own horses, except when
reheved from the duty by the hospitable
inhabitants of a Turcoman village or an
Arab tent. Thus unembarrassed by need-
less luxuries, and uninfluenced by the opi-
nions or prejudices of others, we mixed
amongst the people, acquired without effort
their manners, and enjoyed without alloy
those emotions which scenes so novel and
spots so rich in varied association cannot
fail to produce.
'I look back with feehngs of grateful de-
light to those happy days, when, free and
unheeded, we left at dawn the humble cot-
tage or cheerful tent, and lingering as we
listed, unconscious of distance and of the
hour, found ourselves as the sun went down
under some hoary ruin tenanted by the
wandering Arab, or in some crumbhng vil-
lage still bearing a well-known name. No
experienced dragoman measured our dis-
tances and appointed our stations. We
were honoured with no conversations by
pachas, nor did we seek any civihties from
governors. We neither drew tears nor cur-
ses from the villagers by seizing their hor-
ses or searching their houses for provi-
sions; their welcome was sincere; their
scanty fare was placed before us; we ate,
and came, and went in peace.
'I had traversed Asia Minor and Syria,
visiting their ancient seats of civihsation,
and the spots which rehgion has made holy.
I now felt an irresistible desire to pene-
trate to the regions beyond the Euphrates,
to which history and tradition point as the
birth-place of the wisdom of the west.
Most travellers, after a journey through the
usually frequented parts of the East, have
the same longing to cross the great river,
and to explore those lands which are se-
parated on the map from the confines of
Syria by a vast blank stretching from
Aleppo to the banks of the Tigris. A deep
mystery hangs over Assyria, Babylonia, and
Chaldea. With these names are linked great
nations and great cities dimly shadowed
forth in history; — mighty ruins in the midst
of deserts, defying, by their very desolation
and lack of definite form, the description of
the traveller; — the remnants of mighty
races still roving over the land; — the ful-
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filling and the fulfilment of prophecies; —
the plains to which the Jew and Gentile
ahke look as the cradle of their race. After
a journey in Syria, the thoughts naturally
turn eastward; and without treading on the
remains of Nineveh and Babylon, our pil-
grimage is incomplete.'
We find that he left Aleppo on the 18th
of March, and entered Mosul on the 10th
of April. In the middle of the same month,
he left Mosul for Baghdad, and as he des-
cended the Tigris on a raft, he again saw
the ruins of Nimroud, and had a better op-
portunity of examining them. It was even-
ing as he approached the spot. 'The spring
rains had clothed the mound with the
richest verdure, and the fertile meadows
which stretched around it were covered
with flowers of every hue. Amidst this
luxuriant vegetation were partly concealed
a few fragments of bricks, pottery, and ala-
baster, upon which might be traced the
well-defined wedges of the cuneiform cha-
racter.' His curiosity was powerfully ex-
cited, and he was resolved thoroughly to
examine these remains. Circumstances in-
terfered with the prosecution of his object,
and withdrew him from the scene of la-
bour. It was not till the summer of 1842,
that he again passed through Mosul on his
way to Constantinople. He had not for-
gotten Nimroud; but then he had no time
to explore ruins. He found, however, that
M. Botta, the French consul of Mosul, had
commenced excavations on the opposite side
of the river, in the large mound of Kou-
yunjik. From Constantinople he wrote to
M. Botta, encouraging him to proceed in
his excavations. He did so, and to him is
due the honour of having found the first
Assyrian monument. This remarkable dis-
covery owed its origin to the following cir-
cumstances: — The smaU party employed
by M. Botta were at work on Kouyunjik,
when a peasant from a distant village
chanced to visit the spot. Seeing that
every fragment of brick and alabaster un-
covered by the workmen was carefully pre-
served, he asked the reason of this, to him,
strange proceeding. On being informed
that they were in search of sculptured
stones, he advised them to try the mound
on which his village was built, and in which
he declared many such things as he want-
ed had been exposed on digging the founda-
tions of new houses. M. Botta, having been
frequently deceived by similar stories, was
not at first inclined to follow the peasant's
advise, but subsequently sent an agent and
one or two workmen to the place. After
a httle opposition from the inhabitants, they