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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ing been expelled from Fountain Abbey
for his irregular conduct, lived in a rude
hut he had built himself amidst the woods,
and who was said to wield a quarter-staff
and let fly an arrow better than any man
in Christendom. So, being anxious to see
how far this was true, Robin set off one
morning for Fountain's Dale, where he
found the friar rambling on the bank of
the river Skell. The friar was a burly man
at least six feet high, with a broad chest,
and an arm fit for a blacksmith. The out-
law walked up to him, saying: ''Carry me
over this water, tliou brawny friar, or thou
hast not an hour to live.' The friar tucked
up his gown and carried him over without
a word, but when Robin seemed to be
going, he cried out: 'Stop, my fme fellow,
and carry me over this water, or it shall
breed you pain.' Robin did so, and then
said: 'As you are double my weight, it is
fair I should have two rides to your one,
so carry me back again.' The friar again
took Robm on his back, but on reaching
the middle of the stream he pitched him
into the water, saying: 'Now, my fme fel-
low, let's see whether you'll sink or swim.'
Robin swam to the bank, and said: 'I see
you are worthy to be my match;' and then
summoning his foresters by a blast of his
bugle, he told the friar he was Robin Hood,
and asked him to join his band.
''If there's an archer amongst you that can
beat me at the long bow, then I'll be your
man,' quoth Friar Tuck. Then pointing
to a hawk on the wing, he added: 'I'll
kill it, and he who can strike it again be-
fore it falls, will be the better man of the
two.' Little John accepted the challenge.
The shafts Hew off, and when the dead
hird was picked up, it was found that the
friar's arrow had pinioned the hawk's wings
to his sides, and that Little John's had
transfixed it from breast to back. So Friar
Tuck owned himself outdone, and joined
Robin's merry men.
The whole country now rang with Robin
Hood's lawless pranks, when one morning
six priests passed through Sherwood Forest,
on richly caparisoned horses, and thinking
a good prize was in the wind, the outlaws
bid them halt, and Friar Tuck seized the
bridle of the one whom he judged to be
the abbot, and bid him pay the toll. The
abbot got down and gave him a cuff that
made his ears tingle; and flinging him on
his knees plucked him by the beard. Quoth
Friar Tuck: 'We don't take that sort of
coin.' 'But we are going on a message
from King Richard/ said the abbot. Then
Robin bid the friar desist, saying: 'God
save the King, and confound all his foes !'
'You are a noble fello.v,' quoth the ab-
bot, ''and if you and your men will give
up this lawless life and become my archers,
you shall have the King's pardon.' He then
opened his gown, and Robin Hood and his
archers, guessing at once that Richard him-
self stood before them, bent their knees to
their liege lord, crving: 'Long live King
So Robin Hood accompanied the King
to London, followed by fifty of his most
faithful adherents, and here he assumed the
title of Earl of Huntingdon; but he soon
grew tired of the confinement of court, and
asked permission to revisit the woods. The
King granted him seven days, but when
once he breathed the pure air of Sherwood
again, he could not tear himself away; and •
when from old habit he sounded his bugle,
he was surprised to see the signal answered
by fourscore youths. Little John soon join-
ed him, and he again became the leader
of a band. King Richard was so enraged
on hearing this, that he sent two hundred
soldiers to reduce the rebel, and a desperate
fight took place on a plain in the forest,
when Robin Hood was wounded by an arrow,
and removed to Kirkley's Nunnery, where
the treacherous prioress suffered him to
bleed to death. Seeing his end fast ap-
proaching, he called to Little John, and
begged him to remove him to the woods,
and there poor Robin Hood died as he had
lived, beneath the green trees, and was
buried according to his wish. The stone
that marked the spot bore the following
inscription: —
'Here, underneath this little stone,
Lies Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.
Ne'er archer was as he so good;
And people called him 'Robin Hood.'
Such outlaws as he and his men
Will England never see again.'
Sir Walter Scott was one day taking a
ride with a friend of his.
They came on their way to a field-gate,
which an Irish beggar who happened to
be near, opened for him.
Sir Walter wished to reward the man
for his attention by giving him sixpence,
but he found that he had not so small a
coin in his purse.
'Here, my good fellow,' said the baronet,
'here is a shilling for you, but mind, you
owe me sixpence.'