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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sleep. But this advice was overruled; and
it was determined that a message should
be sent to them from the king, to say that
if they would peaceably retire to Mile-end ,
he would meet them there on the morrow,
and hear their grievances. The next day,
June the lith, the king, with a few unarm-
ed attendants, left the Tower and proceed-
ed to the appointed place , where he found
about 60,000 persons assembled. The king,
in a gentle manner, asked them what they
wanted. They replied, 'They wanted the
freedom of themselves and children.' The
king promised that their desire should be
granted, and that, if they would return to
their homes, he would give them charters
for their freedom. Immediately thirty clerks
were set to work to write these charters,
which were given to all who demanded
them: the mob then dispersed, and every
one returned peaceably and contentedly to
his home.
In the mean time Wat Tyler, with Jack
Straw, and the most desperate.of the party,
instead of going with the others to meet
the king at Mile-end, had broken into the
Tower of London, and murdered the arch-
bishop of Canterbury, the lord chancellor,
and many other persons whom they found
there. Their design was to seize on the
young king, to murder all the nobility, and
to plunder and then burn London. But on
the following day, June 15, they were stop-
ped in their mad career. The king was pass-
ing through Smithfield, attended by the
lord-mayor and about sixty horsemen. Wat
Tyler met them with 20,000 of the insur-
gents, and, riding up to the king, behaved
with so much audacity, that Walworth, un-
able to endure the sight of this clown's in-
solence to his sovereign, drew his sword,
and felled him to the ground with a blow.
The rioters seemed for a moment stunned
with surprise by the loss of their leader;
and before they liad time to recover them-
selves, the young king, with astonishing
presence of mind, rode up to them, and
said, ''My friends, be not concerned for the
loss of your unworthy leader; I will be
your leader.' And turning his horse, he
rode into tho open fields at the head of
the multitude, who seemed to follow him
unconsciously, and without knowing why.
A cry, meanwhile, had arisen in the city,
that the king had fallen into the hands of
the rebels, and instantly some thousands of
brave men flew to his rescue. When they
appeared, the mob, seized with a panic,
fell on their knees before the king, implor-
ing his pardon, which he granted them, on
condition that they dispersed and returned
to their homes. This they all did; and
thus the insurrection melted away, like snow
in a sudden thaw. (Markham)
Wickliffe was born in 1324, and died in
1384. He was a strong opposer of the
corruptions and usurpations of the Church of
Rome; and from him we are to date the dawn
of the Reformation in this kingdom. Ho
published a translation of the whole Bible
in his English language then spoken; but
not being sufficiently acquainted with the
Hebrew and Greek languages to translate
from the originals, he made his translations
from the Latin Bibles, which were at that
time read in the churches. So offensive
was his translation of the Bible to those
who were for taking away the key of
knowledge, that a bill was brought into
the House of Lords, in the 13th year of
Richard the Second, a. d. 1390, for the
purpose of putting it down; on which the
duke of Lancaster, the king's uncle, is re-
ported to have spoken to this effect: 'We
will not be the dregs of all, seeing other
nations have the law of God, which is the
law of our faith, written in their own lan-
guage.' At the same time he declared, in
a very solemn manner, 'That he would
maintain our having this law in our own
tongue, against those, whoever they should
be, who brought in this bill.' The bill,
through the influence of the duke, was
rejected; and this success gave encourage-
ment to some of Wicklitfe's followers to
publish another and more correct trans-
lation of the Bible. But in the year 140.8,
it was decreed, 'That no one should there-
after translate any text of the Holy Scrip-
ture into English, by way of a book, or
little book, or tract; and that no book of
this kind should be read, that was com-
posed lately in the time of John Wickliffe,
or since his death.' This led the way to
great persecution: and many persons were
punished severely, and some oven with
death, for reading the Scriptures in English.
iB. Tomline.)
I. Mosea 1.
In the beginning God created the heaven,
and the earth. -
And the earth was without form, an*
void, and darkness was upon the face of