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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fortitude, liberality, friendship, wisdom, con-
versation, and love of country, all are vir-
tues entirely unknown here; thus it seems,
that to be unacquainted with vice is not
to know virtue. Take me, 0 my Genius,
back to that very world which I have des-
pised! a world which has Alia for its
contriver is much more wisely formed than
that which has been projected by Mahomet.
Ingratitude, contempt, and hatred, I can
now suffer, for perhaps I have deserved
them. When I arraigned the wisdom of
Providence, I only showed my own ignor-
ance; henceforth let me keep from vice
myself, and pity it in others.'
He had scarcely ended, when the Genius,
assuming an air of terrible complacency,
called all his thunders .around him, and
vanished in a whirlwind. Asem, astonished
at the terror of the scene, looked for his
imaginary world ; when, casting his eyes
around, he perceived himself in the very
situation, and in the very place, where he
first began to repine and despair; his right
foot had been just advanced to take the
fatal plunge, nor had it been yet withdrawn;
so instantly did Providence strike the series
of truths just imprinted on his soul. He
now departed from the water-side in tran-
quillity, and leaving his horrid mansion,
travelled to Segestan, his native city ; where
he diligently applied himself to commerce,
and put in practice that wisdom he had
learned in sohtude. The frugality of a few
years soon produced opulence ; the number
of his domestics increased; his friends came
to him from every part of the city; nor
did he receive them with disdain : and a
youth of misery was concluded with an old
age of elegance, affluence, and ease.
The first inhabitants of Britain were a
race of savage barbarians, who had neither
kings, laws, nor government of any kind.
They dwelt in huts, and were clothed with
the skins of wild,beasts, with which the
country abounded. Their chief occupations
were hunting and fishing; or, in the southern
parts of the island, cultivating the ground
and tending their cattle. About fifty years
before the birth of Christ, Julius Caesar,
the emperor of Rome, after having conquered
all France, then called Gaul, came over
the narrow sea that separates England
from that country, and landed, it is sup-
posed, at Deal. The inhabitants, who had
received notice of his intention, were quite
ready to meet him, and several battles
were fought without much advantage to
either side, until, as winter was approaching,
Caesar was obliged to take his army back
to France ; the next summer he came over
again with a much greater force, and the
poor Britons were conquered in two or
three battles. As Caesar advanced farther
into the country, he found more resistance,
and so little to feed his numerous army
with, that, at last, he abandoned the enterprise
and left the kingdom. About a hundred
years after this retreat, the Romans again
invaded Britain, and defeated the inhabitants
in several battles. You must not be
surprised at this, for the Roman soldiers
were trained to fighting from their
childhood; and few nations ever withstood
the progress of their arms. A numerous
army of Britons, under the command of
Caractacus, still opposed them, and a very
severe battle was fought, when the British
chief was defeated, and, with his wife and
children, sent captive to Rome, where they
were all made to walk through the streets
loaded with chains, while the emperor and
the people were assembled to look at them,
as if they had been so many wild beasts.
Caractacus behaved very nobly, even in this
condition, and made such a moving speech
to the emperor, that he immediately ordered
his chains to be taken off, and ever after
treated him with great kindness.
The Romans kept possession of Britain
for four hundred years, during which time
they had to defend it from many incursions
of the Picts and Scots, the fierce and
warlike inhabitants of the northern parts
of the island.
The Roman empire was now declining,
and every year soldiers were called from
Britain to defend their own country. At
last, they all returned, and the Britons were
left quite defenceless. They had been for
a long time unaccustomed to arms, the
Romans fighting all their battles for them;
and now the Picts, taking advantage of
their weak condition, attacked them without
mercy. They immediately sent ambassadors,
with this letter, to Rome, to ask for
assistance: — The Groans of the Britons.
The Barbarians, on the one hand, chase
us into the sea; the sea, on the other,
throws us back upon the barbarians; and
we have the hard choice left us, of
perishing by the sword or by the waves.'
The Romans were too much engaged in
their own wars to grant them any aid;
and, labouring under domestic evils, and
threatened with invasions, the Britons were,