Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
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wicked hands, and lied from Scotland into Wales. And
it is said, that long afterwards, his children came to
possess the Scottish crown.
Macbeth was not the more happy that he had slain
his brave friend and cousin Banquo. lie knew that men
began to suspect the wicked deeds which he had done,
and he was constantly afraid that some one would put
him to death as he had done his old sovereign ; or that
Malcolm would obtain assistance from the King of Eng-
land , and come to make war against him, and take from
him the Scottish kingdom. So, in this great perplexity
of mind, he thought he would go to the old women,
whose words had first put into his mind the desire of
becoming a King. It is to be supposed, that he offered
them presents, and that they were cunning enough to
study how to give him some answer, which should make
him continue in the belief that they could prophesy what
was to happen in future times. So they answered to him
that he should not be conquered or lose the crown of
Scotland, until a great forest, called Birnam Wood, should
come to attack him in a strong castle situated on a high
hill called Dunsinane. Now, the hill of Diinsinane is
upon the one side of a valley, and the forest of Birnam
is upon the other. There are twelve miles distance betwixt
them, and besides that, Macbeth thought it was impos-
sible that the trees could ever come to the assault of the
castle. He therefore resolved to fortify his castle on the
hill of Dunsinane very strongly, as being a place in which
he would always be sure to be safe. For this purpose
he caused all his great nobility and thanes to send in
stones, and wood and other things wanted in building,
and to drag them with oxen up to the top of the steep
hill where he was building the castle.
Now, among other nobles who were obliged to send