Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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great deal of wine, and had besides put some drugs into
the liquor, so that when they went to the King's apart-
ment they both fell asleep, and slept so soundly, that
nothing could awaken them.
Then the cruel Macbeth came into King Duncan's bed-
room about two in the morning. It was a terrible stormy-
night ; but the noise of the wind and of the thunder could
not awaken the King, as he was old and weary with his
journey; neither could it awaken the two sentinels. They
all slept soundly. So Macbeth having come into the room,
and stepped gently over the floor, he took the two dirks
which belonged to the sentinels, and stabbed poor old
King Duncan to the heart, and that so effectually, that
he died without giving a groan. Then Macbeth put the
bloody daggers into the hands of the sentinels and he
daubed their faces over with blood , that it might appear
as if they had committed the murder. Macbeth was
frightened at what he had done, but his wife made him
wash his hands and go to bed.
Early in the morning, the nobles and gentlemen who
attented on the King, assembled in the great hall of the
castle, and there they began to talk of what a dreadful
storm it had been the night before. But Macbeth could
scarcely understand what they said, for he was thinking
on something much worse and more frightful than the
storm, and was wondering what would be said when they
heard of the murder. They waited for some time, but
flnding the King did not come from his apartment, one
of the noblement went to see whether he was well or not.
But when he came into the room, he found poor King
Duncan lying stiflf, and cold, and bloody, and the two
sentinels, with their dirks or daggers covered with blood,
both fast asleep. As soon as the Scottish nobles saw this
terrible sight, they were greatly astonished and enraged;