Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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So a numerous Scottish army was levied to go to fight
with them. The King, as I told jou, was too old to
command his army, and his sons were too young. So he
sent out one of his near relations, who was called Mac-
beth , he was son of Finel, who was Thane, as it was
called, of Glamis. The governor of provinces were at
that time, in Scotland, called Thanes; they were after-
wards termed earls.
This Macbeth, who was a brave soldier, put himself
at the head of the Scottish army, and marched against
the Danes. And he carried with him a relation of his
own, called Banquo, who was Thane of Lochaber, and
was also a very brave man. So there was a great battle
fought between the Danes and the Scots, and Macbeth
and Banquo defeated the Danes, and drove them back to
their ships, leaving a great many of their soldiers both
killed and wounded. Then Macbeth and his army marched
back to a town in the North of Scotland , called Forres,
rejoicing on account of their victory.
Now there lived at this time three old women in the
town of Forres, whom people thought were witches, and
supposed they could tell what was to come to pass. No-
body would believe such folly now-a-days, except low and
ignorant creatures, such" as those who consult gipsies in
order to have their fortunes told; but in those early times
the people were much more ignorant, and even great
men, like Macbeth, believed that such persons as these
witches of Forres could tell what was to come to pass af-
terwards , an listened to the nonsense they told them, as
if the old women had really been prophetesses. The old
women saw that they were respected and feared, so that
they were tempted to impose upon people, by pretending
to tell what was to happen to them, and they got pre-
sents for doing so.