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CHAP . I. TO be ever active in laudable Pursuits , is the distinguishing
characteristic of a man of merit . There is an heroic innocence , as well as an
heroic courage . There is a mean in all things . Even virtue itself hath its stated
limits ; which not ...
Oooo CHAP . II . WITHOUT a friend the world is but a wilderness . A man may
have a thousand intimate acquaintances , and not a friend among them all . If you
have one friend , think yourself happy . When once you profess yourself a friend ...
... happiness hereafter , large as our desires , and lasting as our immortal souls ;
without this the highest state of life is insipid , and with it the lowest is a paradise .
CHAP . V. HONOURABLE age is not that which standeth SELECT SENTENCES
CHAP . V. HONOURABLE age is not that which standeth in length of time , nor
that which is measured by number of years ; but wisdom is the grey hair unto man
, and unspotted life is old age . Wickedness , condemned by her own witness , is
SJ50000 CHAP , VIII . WHAT a piece of work is mán ! how noble in reason ! how
infinite in fuculties ! in form and moving how express and admirable ! in aetion
how like an angel ! in ap . prehension how like a God ! If to do , were as easy as
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).