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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pay well for his dinner.' They then took
the bag of gold from the luckless sheriff,
and spreading a cloak on the grass, they
counted out three hundred pounds; after
which Robin asked him if he would like
some venison for dinner. But the sheriff
told him to let him go, or he would x'ue
the day; so the outlaw desired his best
compliments to his good dame, and wished
him a pleasant journey home. But if Robin
loved a joke, he often did a good turn to
those who needed his assistance. Thus,
he lent four hundred golden pounds to Sir
Richard o' the Lee, who had mortgaged
his lands of Wierysdale for that sum to
St. Mary's Abbey, and who happened to
pass tlirough Sherwood Forest on his way
to York, to beg the abbot to grant him
another year. Robin Hood, moreover, bid
Little John accompany him as his squire.
When they reached the city, the superior
was seated in his hall, and declared to the
biethren, that if Sir Richard did not ap-
pear before sunset, his lands would be for-
feited. Presently the knight of Wierysdale
came in, and pretended to beg for mercy;
but the proud abbot spurned him, when
Sir Richard flung the gold at his feet and
snatched away the deed, teUing him, if he
had shewn a little christian mercy, he
should not only have returned the money,
but made a present to the abbey. And,
indeed, the monks had to rue their merci-
lessness in the end, as Robin Hood levied
a toll of eight hundred pounds upon them
as they once passed through Sherwood
Forest, which enabled him to forgive Sir
Richard's debt, when that trusty knight
came to discharge it at the appointed time.
Another time as Robin Hood was roam-
ing through the forest, he saw a handsome
young man, in a very elegant suit, who
was passing over the plain, singing blithely
as he went. On the following morning, he
was sui'prised to see the same young man
coming along with disordered clothes and
dishevelled hair, and sighing deeply at
every step, and saying: 'Alack! and well-
a-day!' Robin Hood having sent one of
his men to fetch him, inquired what lay
so heavy on his heart, and why he was so
gladsome yesterday and so sorry to-day.
The young man pulled out his purse, and
shewed him a ring, saying: 'I bought this
yesterday to marry a maiden I have courted
these seven long years, and this morning
she is gone to church to wed another.'
'Does she love you?' said Robin. 'She
has told me so a hundred times,' answered
Allen-a-Dale, for such was the youth's name.
'Tut man! then she is not worth caring
for, if she be so fickle!' cried Robin Hood.
'But she do(?s not love him,' interrupted
AUen-a-Dale; 'he is an old cripple quite
unfit for such a lovely lass.' 'Then, why
does she marry him?' inquired Robin Hood.
'Because the old knight is rich, and her
parents insist upon it, and have scolded
and raved at her till she is as meek as a
lamb.' 'And where is the wedding to take
place?' said Robin. 'At our parish, five
miles from hence,' said Allen, 'and the
Bishop of Hereford, who is the bride-
groom's brother, is to perform the ceremony.'
Then without more ado, Rcbin Hood
dressed himself up as a harper with a flow-
ing white beard, and a dark coloured mantle,
and bidding twenty-four of his men follow
at a distance, he entered the church and
took his place near the altar. Presently
the old knight made his appearance, hob-
bling along, and handing in a maiden as
fa'ir as day, all tears and blushes, accom-
panied by her young companions strewing
flowers. 'This is not a fit match,' said Ro-
bin Hood aloud, 'and 1 forbid the mar-
riage." And then, to the astonishment of
the Bishop and of all present, he blew a
blast on his horn, when four-and-twenty
archers came leaping into the churchyard
and entered the building. Foremost amongst
these was AIIen-a-Dale, who presented his
bow to Robin Hood. The outlaw by this
time had cast off his cloak and false beard,
and turnmg to the bride, said: 'Now, pretty
one, tell me freely whom you prefer for
a husband — this gouty old knight, or one
of these bold young fellows?' 'Alas!' said
the young maid, casting down her eyes,
'Allen-a-Dale has courted me for seven
long years, and he is the man I would
choose/ 'Then, now my good lord bishop,"
said Robin, 'prithee unite this loving pair
before we leave the church.' That cannot
be,' said the bishop; 'the law requires they
should be asked three times in the church.'
'If that is all,' quoth Robin Hood, 'we ll
soon settle that matter." Then, taking the
bishop's gown, he dressed Little John up
in it, and gave him the book and bid him
ask them seven times in the church, lest
three should not be enough. The people
could not help laughing, but none attempted
to forbid the bans, for the bishop and his
hrotlier walked indignantly out of the church.
Robin Hood gave away the maiden, and
the whole company had a venison dinner
in Sherwood forest; and from that day
Allen-a-Dale was a staunch friend to Robin
Hood as long as he lived.
Robin Hood had often heard tell of the
prowess of a certain Friar Tuck, who, hav-