Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland.
rob. burns.
The story of Macbeth.
Soon after the Scots and Picts had become one people,
there was a king of Scotland called Duncan, a very good
old man. He had two sons; one was called Malcolm,
and the other Donaldbane. But King Duncan was too old
to lead out his army to battle, and his sons were too
young to help him.
At this time Scotland, and indeed France and England,
and the other countries of Europe, were much harassed
by the Danes. These were a very fierce, warlike people ,
who sailed from one place to another and landed their
armies on the coast, burning and destroying every thing
wherever they came. They were heathens, and did not
believe in the Bible, but thought of nothing but battle
and slaughter, and making plunder. When they came to
countries where the inhabitants were cowardly, they took
possession of the land, as the Saxons took possession of
Britain. At other times, they landed with their soldiers,
took what spoil they could find, burned the houses, and
then got on board, hoisted sails, and away again. They
did so much mischief, that people put up prayers to God
in the churches to deliver them from the rage of the Danes.
Now, it happened in King Duncan's time, that a great
fleet of these Danes came to Scotland and landed their men
in Fife, and threatened to take possession of that province.