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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Gubba. (aside). What will become of us!
Ah! (lame, that tongue of yours has
undone us!
G an del in. 0, my poor dear husband!
we shall all be hanged, that's certain. But
who could have thought it was the king?
Gubba. Why, Gandelin, do you see,
we might have guessed he was born to be
a king, or some such great man, because,
you know, he was fit for nothing else.
Alfred (coming forward.) God be praised
for these tidings! Hope is sprung up out
of the depths of despair. 0, my friend!
shall I again shine in arms, again fight at
the head of my brave Englishmen, — lead
them on to victory? Our friends shall now
lift their heads again.
Ella. Yes, you have many friends, who
have long been obliged, like their master,
to sculk in deserts and caves and wander
from cottage to cottage. When they hear
that you are alive and in arms again, they
will leave their fastnesses, and llock to
your standard.
Alfred, f am impatient to meet them;
my people shall be revenged,
Gubba and Gandelin (throwing them-
selves at the feet of Alfred). 0 my lord —
Gandelin. We hope your majesty
will put us to a merciful death. Indeed,
we did not know your majesty's grace.
Gubba. If your majesty could but
pardon my wife's tongue; she means no
harm, poor woman!
Alfred, Pardon you, good people! I
not only pardon you, but thank you! You
have afforded me protection in my distress;
and if ever I am seated again on the
throne of England, my first care shall be
to reward your hospitality. I am now going
to protect you. Come, my faithful Ella,
to arms! to arms! My bosom burns to face
once more the haughty Dane, and here I
vow to Heaven, that I will never sheath
tbe sword against these robbers, till either
I lose my life in this just cause or
Till dove-like Peace return to England's shore,
And war and slaughter rex the land no more.
We continued our journey till we crossed
a very extensive tract of barren country,
called Salisbury Plain. It is perfectly desti-
tute of trees, and, as far as the eye can
reach, exhibits a succession of waving hills,
covered with low grass, which affords
pasturage to large flocks of sheep. These
are attended by shepherds, who spend the
whole day in taking care of them. They
are assisted by dogs, who are very active,
and know almost as much about taking
care of the sheep, as the shepherds them-
There are no towns or buildings upon
this great plain, except the cottages of
the shepherds, which are made of rough
stones, and thatched with straw. You
would expect to find nothing but poverty
in such houses, but if you were to enter
one of them, you would see bright-faced
happy children, and a general appearance
of comfort and contentment.
The shepherd's life is sometimes a toil-
some one, for the weather is often severe,
and the care of his flock requires that he
should be exposed to it. But yet, his days
are spent in peace, and he is, usually, able
to supply the wants of his family. In all
ages and in all countries, the shepherd's
life has been considered an emblem of
peace and contentment; and the condition
of the sheep under a good shepherd, the
most enviable one in the world. Hence,
one sung of old, 'The Loi^d is my shepherd,
X shall not want;' and He who spake as
never man spake, said, 'I am the good
shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.'
In one part of Salisbury Plain there is
a curious monument of antiquity, which is
known by the name of Stonehenge. It
consists of a number of immense stones set
upright, with others laid across on the top.
Some of these are nearly thirty feet in
length, and of enormous weight. They must
have been brought from a great distance,
as there is no stone of the same kind within
many miles; and the labour of bringing
such huge blocks, and placing them in the
required situation, must have been pro-
digious. Many of the stones have fallen
from their original positions, and others
have entirely disappeared, but from those
that remain, they appear to have been
arranged in circles, one within the other.
The whole work was enclosed by a double
ditch and had three entrances. There are
great differences of opinion as to the origin
and use of this structure, but many per-
sons suppose it to have been a temple, in
which the Druids performed their religious
ceremonies. ,
The Druids were the priests of the an-
cient Britons, and they exercised the offices
of physicians and magistrates. They wore
very long garments, and a golden ornament
round the neck, called the Druid's egg:
they also wore bracelets, and gold chains
round their necks, and generally carried a