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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
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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[ love to feel the breezes blow
Upon the hills so free,
Where'er I am, where'er I go,
My native hills for me.
1 love the hills, my native hills.
All purple with the heath.
Those fertile grounds the peasant tills,
And the woodlands far beneath.
When fancied joys in hope I view,
I think those hills I see;
Where'er I am, where'er I go,
My native hills for me.
55. Edward III.
This king by his wise regulations gave
early proof (for he was only eighteen) of
his great capacity; but unhappily his love
of war soon called him off from the arts
of peace. In the year 1331 he renewed
hostiUties with Scotland, where David, son
of the brave Robert Bruce, was now king,
a child of only seven years old. David
was driven in less than a year from the
throne his father had so hardly won, and
was conveyed into France; and the son of
John Baliol was recalled from his retire-
ment and made king of Scotland, if king
he could be called, who was only a tool
in the hands of Edward, and who was
placed on the throne and displaced from
it, as the party of the English or of The
Brucc prevailed.
At last Edward, tired of this unprolitable
war, determined to abandon it, and to apply
all his strength to the project he had so
long harboured against France. He was
occupied during two years in raising money
and making preparations. In 1338 he landed
with an army at Antwerp, but found him-
self unable then to proceed. In 1340 he
sailed again, and encountering the French
fleet off Sluys, completely defeated it, after
a most bloody and obstinate fight. This
defeat was so entirely unexpected on the
part of the French, that no one dared to
tell Philip of it, till at last it was hinted
to him by his jester, who said in his hear-
ing, 'Oh! what dastardly cowards those
English are.' — 'How so?' said the king.
'Because,' rejoined the fester, 'they did
not jump into the sea as our brave men
have done.' The king then demanded an
explanation, and heard from his courtiers
the whole disastrous story.
After the victory of Sluys, Edward dis-
embarked his men, and advanced as far
as Tournay; but here he found himself
obliged to make a truce with Philip. He
returned in 1340 to England, where his
absence had produced many inconveniences.
He was at this time involved in great dif-
ficulties. All his allies deserted him: he
had drained the country of money, and was
obhged to pawn the crown, and even the
queen's jiewels. Still nothing could divert
him from his inordinate ambition to pos-
sess himself of the crown of France; and
he continued to make many unavailing at-
tempts on that country. At last in 1346
success seemed likely to crown his efforts.
He landed at La Hogue, in Normandy, on
the 12th of July, with an army of thirty
two thousand men, in which was his eldest
son, who has been called the Black Prince;
so called, it is supposed, from the colour
of his armour.
Philip, hearing of this invasion of the
English, assembled a large army to oppose
them, and, breaking down all the bridges
as he passed, came in sight of them on
the banks of the Seine, near Rouen. The
two armies marched for some time on op-
posite sides of the river; the English on
the left or western, the French on the right
or eastern side. Edward wished very much
to cross over, but could not, on account of
the bridges being broken. At last he con-
trived to cross by means of a stratagem-
He made preparations for repairing the
bridge at Poissy, and then suddenly de-
camped, as if to march farther up the river.
The French also set off in the same di-
rection, which Edward no sooner perceived
than he hastily turned back to Poissy, and,
repairing the bridge with the utmost ex-
pedition, crossed over it, and turned off
towards Flanders, while the French were
keeping along the side of the river. But
when he reached the banks of the Somme
he found himself in a still worse dilemma.
Here also the bridges had been destroyed,
and Gondemar de Faye was on the op-
posite side to prevent his crossing, and the
king of France was behind him with 100,000
men. Edward offered a hundred marks to
any one who would show him a ford, and
a peasant was tempted by the promised
reward to point out a place at Blanchetaque,
between Abbeville and the sea, where it
was possible to cross at low water. Ed-
ward first plunged into the water, calling
out 'Let him who loves me follow.* The
whole army instantly followed, and before
Philip could arrive at the same place, the
rising of the tide made it impossible for
him to cross over, and obliged him to go
round by Abbeville.
Edward, after he had crossed the ford,
surprised Gondemar, and defeated him;