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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Battle-scenes and human figures abounded
in every department.
A monument in black marble was un-
covered, which proved to be an obehsk,
about six feet six inches in height, lying
on its side, ten feet below the surface ; on
each side of it were five bas-reliefs, and
above, below, and between them, was carv-
ed a long inscription of two hundred and
ten lines. The king was twice represented
followed by his attendants; a prisoner was
at his feet, and his minister and slaves
were introducing captives and tributaries
carrying vases, shawls, bundles of rare
wood, elephants' tusks, and other offerings.
From the animals portrayed — the elephant,
the rhinoceros, the Bactrian camel, the wild
bull, and several kinds of monkeys, all led
by the prisoners — it is conjectured, that
the obelisk was sculptured to commemorate
the conquest of nations far to the east of
Assyria, on the confines of the Indian pen-
insula. The whole columm was in the best
state of preservation. IR. Ferguson.)
After some hours' sailing, I came in
sight of the European shore, and gazed
eagerly for some object that might assure
me of its identity: when lo! slowly emerg-
ing from the bright horizon, minaret after
minaret starts into view; mosque domes
and masses of dark foliage follow: with
every wave we bound over, some new fea-
ture is developed, and at length Constan-
tinople stands revealed in all its unrivalled
magnificence and beauty. The Bosphorus
shines before us like a lake": its purple
waves dance into the sunlight that turns
their crests to gold, and reflect along their
margin the mingled foliage and fortresses
that shadow their deep waters. Over
these rises a richly-mingled mass of pala-
ces, and gardens, and stately towers; and
dark groves, with many minarets, and cy-
press trees, and purple domes, and gleam-
ing crescents. Beyond that gorgeously-
crowded hill the peninsula is girded round
with the majestic walls and towers that so
long defied the Moslem invaders.
The triangular peninsula which Constan-
tinople occupies is bounded on the south
by the Sea of Marmora, on the east by
the Thracian Bosphorus, and on the north
by the Golden Horn, which separates it
from Pera. This unique water is only a
quarter of a mile wide, and runs, bordered
by arsenals, palaces, and storehouses, for
seven miles into Roumelia. All the fleets
of Europe might here he at anchor among
the very streets, like the gondolas at Ve-
nice. The town of Pera occupies the whole
face of the northern shore, looking down
upon the Golden Horn, and out upon the
Bosphorus: Tophana and Galata are in-
volved in its general name. Here all the
Europeans, with their respective embassies
and consulates, have their residence.
I coasted along the Asiatic shore, until
1 passed the Hill of Scutari, covered with
a forest of cypresses that conceal the ce-
metery of the city, and then steered across,
under Leander's Tower, for Pera. This
fortress is built upon a rock, in the midst
of the Bosphorus, whereon used to rest
the central links of a chain wherewith the
simple people of early times could check
the course of ancient navies.
So much has been said and written of
Constantinople, I shall only add that it
seems to me impossible to exaggerate its
beauty and commanding appearance. There
is something so strange in those fairy-like
towers and minarets among their rich
groves and gardens, contrasted with the im-
posing situation ot the city, and the proud
array of castles and fortressess that line
the shore; added to the beauty ofthe bright
blue sea in which the city stands reflected,
and the clear atmosphere that gives brilli-
ance to the whole; it is impossible to de-
scribe the effect produced by such varied
and yet harmonious features.
Landed at Pera, I passed a long examin-
ation before the civil authorities, and then
repaired to Missirie's most comfortable
hotel. It was a real pleasure tot find my-
self once more in Europe; and the crowds
of people with hats on their heads and
without moustache upon their lips, appear-
ed quite strange to me. I can easily un-
derstand the Moslem's comtempt for, and
dishke to, the shaven face: once accustom-
ed to the majestic beard and the manly
moustache, the human countenance certain-
ly assumes a very mean appearance when
deprived of these natural adjuncts. The
unveiled women, too, seemed very surpris-
ing, as they wandered about the streets at
their own free will; and for the first day
or two I felt more inclined to ask a ques-
tion of the courteous Oriental, than of the
smart, foppish-looking Frank.
The streets of Pera are steep and nar-
row, but otherwise strictly European in
their appearance. Missirie's hotel would
be considered excellent any-where, but to
a man who for nearly a twelvemonth had
known no shelter but such as boats, khans,
or tents afforded, it was absolutely luxuri-