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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association; we must forget the Turks, the
Arahs, and the monks, and hlot out from
the picture the holy sepulchre, with all the
horrible mummery connected with it. We
must imagine ourselves looking down from
Mount Olivet on a well-peopled and strongly-
fortified city, occupying the oblong area of
two sloping hills, about four miles in cir-
cumference, and sheltered on almost every
side by more commanding elevations, cul-
tivated in terraces, and clothed to their
very summits with the olive, the fig-tree,
and the palm. The city itself, if it could
not boast of a Parthenon, was probably
equal, in architectural decoration, to any
one then standing in the world. It could
not, indeed, compare with Babylon, or Ni-
neveh, or the hundred-gated metropolis of
Egypt, either in extent or magnificence;
but its two temples — the one built by
Solomon, and the other repaired and com-
pleted by Herod — were successively the
admiration of the world. Of the latter,
Josephus has left us a description, which,
making every allowance for his national
partiality, must be held to prove that it
■was every way worthy of the founder of
Cesarea and Sebaste, and the other cities
which attest the greatness of the Jewish
monarch. The stupendous foundations on
which the terrace rested, at the height of
600 perpendicular feet from the valley,
which was formed to extend the area of
the temple, still remain to indicate the
gigantic nature of the work. From the
temple the city had the appearance of an
amphitheatre, the slope of the hill being
just sufficient to present it to the greatest
advantage. At certain distances, towers of
not less strength than architectural beauty,
broke the line of the walls ; while, on the
left, the acropolis of Zion overlooked the
whole city. Modern Jerusalem, though now
disfigured by intervals of waste ground and
ruined heaps, still suggests the idea of 'a
compact city;' but when every part was
built upon, it must have peculiarly deserv-
ed this appellation. Its ancient popolous-
ness we read of with surprise; its gates
received an influx of strangers from all parts;
and the wealth thus poured into it ren-
dered it probably one of the richest cities
in the world. If to these topographical
and political advantages we add the local
sanctity which dignified the scene of so
many proud historical recollections, and
connect with the bulwarks, and palaces,
and gardens of the metropohs of Judea,
its consecrated character as the pecuhar
abode of Deity — the chosen mountain of
Jehovah — the 'city of God,' we shall ob-
tain some idea of the aspect which it once
presented, when the light of heaven, which
nowhere comes with a purer ray, shone on
a free and favoured people, and the voice
of joy and thanksgiving was heard ascend-
ing from the dwellings of her citizens.
Little Sally Meanwell had one day been
to pay an afternoon's visit to Miss Harriet,
the daughter of Sir Thomas Pemberton.
The evening proving rainy, she was sent
home in Sir Thomas's coach: and on her
return, the foflowing conversation passed
between her and her mother.
Mrs. MeanweU. Well, my dear, I hope
you had a pleasant visit.
Sally. 0 yes, mamma, very pleasant;
you cannot think what a great many fine
things I have seen. And then it is so
charming to ride in a coach!
Mrs. M. I suppose Miss Harriet showed
you all her playthings.
Sally. 0 yes, such fine large dolls so
smartly dressed, as I never saw in my life
before. Then she has a baby-house, and
all sorts of furniture in it; and a grotto all
made of shells, and shining stones. And
then she showed me all her fine clothes
for the next ball; there's a white slip all
full of spangles and pink ribbons, you can't
think how beautiful it looks.
Mrs. M, And what did you admire most
of all these fine things?
Sally. I don't know — I admired them
all and I think I liked riding in the coach
better than all the rest. Why don't we
keep a coach, mamma? and why have not
I such fine clothes and playthings as Miss
Mrs. M. Because we cannot afford it,
my dear. Your papa is not so rich, by a
great deal, as Sir Thomas; and if we were
to lay out our money upon such things, we
should not be able to procure food and
raiment and other necessaries for you all.
Sally. But why is not papa as rich as
Sir Thomas?
Mrs. M. Sir Thomas had a large estate
left him by his father; but your papa has
little but what he gains by his own indus-
Sally. But why should not papa be as
rich as any body else? I am sure he deserves
it as well.
Mrs. M. Do you not think that there are