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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eilyn, unarmed, and attended only by his
squire, proceeded into the valley where he
had agreed to meet bis barons.
Immediately on his departure, the English,
under Sir Edmund Mortimer, attacked the
bridge with a strong force; while a native
Welshman, named Walwyn pointed out to
the enemy a passage through the river a
little lower down. Assaulted both in front
and rear, the Welsh after a severe battle
abandoned their post, and the English
passed over. Llewellyn, in the mean time,
was waiting for his barons in the wood
appointed for the interview; but none of
them appeared. When he found that his
men had been beaten back, and the enemy
had passed the river, he endeavoured to
escape, but was unfortunately seen and
pursued by an English knight, who per-
ceiving him to be a Welshman, and ignorant
of his quality, plimged his spear into the
prince's body, unarmed as he was, and in-
capable of defence. The knight then rode
on to join the army which was engaged
with the Welsh.
They fought with the greatest bravery,
though uncheered by the presence of their
great leader, who, as he lay mortally wound-
ed, without friend or foe to assist him,
must have heard the din of the last of his
battles — the knell of his country's free-
dom — as it fell sadly and heavily upon
his ear. The contest was for a long time
doubtful, and it was not till two thousand
of their countrymen lay dead upon the field,
that the Welsh gave way and fled.
During this time Llewellyn continued
alone and expiring, without a friend to
soothe or comfort him, till a white friar,
who chanced to pass by, administered to
him the last sad duties of his sacred office.
After the battle, the English knight re-
turned to examine his victim, when, to his
great joy, he discovered that he was no
other than the prince of Wales; and, no
sooner had the wounded man expired than
he cut off his head, and sent it as a trophy
to King Edward, who despatched it forth-
with to London, to be exhibited on the
highest turret of the Tower. Thus died
Llewellyn, the last and best of the Welsh
princes. He combined the most noble and
amiable qualities with superior martial skill
and energy, and few princes have there
been who have been more admired and
beloved by their subjects. (St. Percy.)
48. WALES.
Wales is very different from England,
for it consists, almost altogether, of moun-
tains with deep valleys between them. The
peaks of these mountains have no trees
upon them, and they have a ragged, bare,
and desolate appearance. Torrents and
rivulets come leaping down their sides;
sometimes shining in the light like silver,
and sometimes darkened by the shadows
of the overhanging rock and precipices.
Yet these wild regions are traversed by
good roads, and in passing through the
country, a traveller is frequently delighted
by the appearance of green valleys, white
cottages, and quiet towns. The people have
a peculiar dress. The men wear blue coats,
breeches, and stockings, with red waist-
coats, and their shirts are of blue or red
The women wear a jacket made tight to
the shape, and a petticoat of dark brown
or striped linsey-woolsey, bound with dif-
ferent colours. They usually wear hats like
those of men, and they are very industrious;
it is common to see them knitting, while
they are walking from one house to another.
Wales is divided into North and South
Wales. The principal mountains are in the
former. Its valleys are deeper and narrower,
and its scenery more wild and rugged.
In South Wales, on the contrary, the
valleys are broader, more fertile, and full
of towns and villages; they often even
spread into wide plains encircled by moun-
There are many rivers in Wales, and
though none of them are large, several are
very beautiful. The most celebrated, in
North Wales, are the Severn, Conway, Dee,
and Clwyd; those in South Wales are the
Towfey, Usk, and Wye.
This last is the largest river in Wales,
and is very famous for the fine scenery
along its banks. Sometimes it winds be-
tween grassy meadows, and sometimes the
steep cliffs overhang its surface. Many
ancient castles, now falling into ruins, stand
upon its margin; some of these are cele-
brated in history.
They once belonged to the warlike chiefs
who lived among these wild mountains,
and spent their time in war and the chase.
They were bold and daring men, and their
history is full of strange adventures.
The Welsh have a language of their
own, which is spoken by all the country
people; but the English language is chiefly
used in the towns. The principal manu-