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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stopped, contemplated, and fancied he saw
something awful and divine in his aspect.
'Son of Adam/ cried the Genius, 'stop
thy rash purpose; the Father of the Faith-
ful has seen thy justice, thy integrity, thy
miseries, and hath sent me to afford and
administer relief. Give me thine hand, and
follow without trembling wherever I shall
lead; in me behold the Genius of Convic-
tion, kept by the Great Prophet, to turn
from their errors those who go astray, not
from curiosity, but a rectitude of intention.
Follow me, and be wise.'
Asem immediately descended upon the
lake, and his guide conducted him along
the surface of the water; till, coming near
the centre of the lake, they both began to
sink; the waters closed over their heads;
they descended several hundred fathoms,
till Asem, just ready to give up his life as
inevitably lost, found himself with his ce-
lestial guide in another world, at the bot-
tom of the waters, where human foot had
never trod before. His astonishment was
beyond description, when he saw a sun
like that he had left, a serene sky over
his head, and blooming verdure under his
'I plainly perceive your amazement/ said
the genius; 'but suspend it for a while.
This world was formed by Alia, at the
request, and under the inspection of our
great Prophet; who once entertained the
same doubts which fdled your mind when
I found you, and from the consequence of
which you were so lately rescued. The
rational inhabitants of this world are formed
agreeable to your own ideas; they are ab-
solutely without vice. In other respects
it resembles your earth, but differs from
it in being wholly inhabited by men who
never do wrong. If you fmd this world
more agreeable than that you so lately left,
you have free permission to spend the re-
mainder of your days in it; but permit me
for some time to attend you, that I may
silence your doubts, and make you better ac-
quainted with your company and your new
'A world without vice! rational beings
without immorality!' cried Asem in a rapture;
'I thank thee, 0 Alia, who hast at length
heard my petitions; this, this indeed will
produce happiness, ecstasy and ease. 0!
for an immortality, to spend it among men
who are incapable of ingratitude, injustice,
fraud, violence, and a thousand other crimes,
that render society miserable.'
'Cease thine acclamations,' replied the
genius. 'Look aromid thee; reflect on
every object and action before us, and
communicate to me the result of thine ob-
servations. Lead wherever you think pro-
per, I shall be your attendant and instruc-
tor.' Asem and his companion travelled
on in silence for some time, the former
being entirely lost in astonishment; but*at
last recovering his former serenity, he
could not help observing, that the face of
the country bore a near resemblance to
that he had left, except that this subter-
ranean world still seemed to retain its
primeval wildness.
'Here,' cried Asem, 'I perceive animals
of prey, and others that seem only designed
for their subsistence; it is the ver^" same
in the world over our heads. But had I
been permitted to instruct our Prophet, I
would have removed this defect, and form-
ed no voracious or destructive animals,
which only prey on the other parts of the
creation.' 'Your tenderness for inferior
animals is, I fmd, remarkable/ said the
Genius smiling: 'but with regard to meaner
creatures, this world exactly resembles the
other; and indeed for obvious reasons; for
the earth can support a more considerable
number of animals, by their thus becoming
food for each other, than if they had lived
entirely on her vegetable productions. So
that animals of dilTerent natures, thus form-
ed, instead of lessening their multitude,
subsist in the greatest number possible.
But let us hasten on to the inhabited coun-
try before us, and see what that offers for
They soon gained the utmost verge of
the forest, and entered the country in-
habited by men without vice; and Asem
anticipated in idea the rational delight he
hoped to experience in such an innocent
society. But they had scarcely left the
confines of the wood, when they beheld
one of the inhabitants flying with hasty
steps, and terror in his countenance, from
an army of squirrels that closely pursued
him. 'Heavens!' cried Asem, 'why does
he fly? What can he fear from animals
so contemptible?' He had scarcely spoken,
when he perceived two dogs pursuing ano-
ther of the human species, who, with equal
terror and haste, attempted to avoid them.
'This/ cried Asem to his guide, 'is truly
surprising; nor can I conceive the reason
for so strange an action.'—'Every species
of animals,' replied the Genius, lias of late
grown very powerful in this country; for
the inhabitants at first thinking it unjust
to use either fraud or force in destroying
them, they have insensibly increased, and
now frequently ravage their harmless fron-
tiers.' 'But they should have been destroyed,"