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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"William was by no means behind his people;
he was, like them, a kind of amphibious
animal, and was as much at home in a
boat as on a horse. There was scarcely
a day passed that he did not sail out to
sea; and sometimes he would, with only a
few choice companions, venture almost out
of sight of land. Seeing this, some of his
former enemies determined to take ad-
vantage of any disaster that might befall
him, and, if possible, destroy him. William
knew no fear, young as he was, and dis-
dained to deprive himself of his sea-born
pleasures by putting himself to any incon-
venience on their account. So, one line
day, attended only by two sailors and four
companions, he entered his bark for a sail
down the coast.
'It was a lovely summer's day in the
month of July,' as says the old chronicle,
^when Duke William went forth unto the
sea with four companions, for sport and
recreation on the waters, and he was soon
far off, so that the white speck of his sail
faded from the sight. Now it so happened
that Ruric, the Lord of Aquitaine, was in
these parts, and being in deadly feud with
the Dukes of Normandy, thought the time
was come for him to have ample vengeance
for the wrongs they had done him. So he
and some of his vassals, when they saw-
Duke William depart from the shore, took
to boat, and went in the direction that the
Duke had taken, being resolved to waylay
him, or in some way or other to discom-
fort him, hoping that the winds and the
waves would be their helpmates in this
wicked work. Now it so turned out, and,
as it seemed, to their luck, that soon after
Duke William had crossed to the middle
of that strait or sea which divideth England
from France, that a storm of thunder arose,
which was so great and mighty, and withal
so terrible, that the barque in which Duke
William rode was mightily oppressed and
shaken ; while that in w hich lluric had em-
barked, by being much larger and stronger
built, withstood the fury of the winds and
seas without much hurt. When she saw
that the heir of Normandy's boat was em-
perilled, she drew towards her and offered
help, Lord Ruric beckoning with his hand
for Duke William to come to him. But
when William saw who it was that beckon-
ed to him, he refrained himself, Tor,' said
he, 'neither the winds, nor the seas, nor
even this tempest, are greater enemies to
me and mine than they are.' And so,
seeing that there were strong men on
board who willed his destruction, he took
council with his fellows, and they deter-
mined to resist the wrong that was intended
for them. While they were in consult-
ation, Lord Ruric directed his men to
steer their boat directly on that of Duke
William, so as to cause her to go down,
and the waters to flow over her. But, when
our Duke saw this, he turned his barque's
head to the foe, and when they came in
contact with them, he leaped courageously
on board, and, with a blow of his sword,
clave the skull of Ruric, who fell down as
one dead in the boat. He then called upon
the others to surrender themselves, which
they did speedily, and were made prisoners
to this stout lad's courage, and were taken
into Falaise, and, because that they did not
attempt any further harm to the Duke, he
set them at liberty, and they became
united to him and his forces, and did many-
things valiantly afterwards in his favour,
and went with him in his expedition to
England some years after, and did him
much service.'
By such conduct, Duke William was
greatly recommended to his subjects, and,
in the year 1046, he, being then nineteen
years old, took into his own hands the
reins of government. He selected the most
confidential, as well as the most prudent
and intelligent of his friends, to advise with
him in his government, and banished from
his presence all those whose characters were
stained with vice. He disowned those vas-
sals who had taken part in revolts, and
enacted severe laws against murderers and
incendiaries; all the well-disposed cheerfully
obeyed his commands, and the people at
large rejoiced in the edict he had made.
Harold led his victorious army to York,
and while he was there holding a royal
banquet, tidings came of the landing of the
duke of Normandy in Sussex; for William,
after he had assembled his army, had been
detained an entire month by contrary winds,
and a storm had afterwards shattered his
fleet; circumstances which, though he thought
otherwise at the time, had been greatly in
his favour, for the month's delay gave the king
of Norway time to land and thus draw Har-
old and his troops away to the north, and
the storm had prevented the English fleet
from keeping the sea. He therefore land-
ed without opposition at Pevensey in Sus-
sex. In jumping out of his galley it is
said he stumbled and fell. As this might
be regarded as an ill omen, the soldier
who raised him, seeing his hands full of