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When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Asia equally with
him , he answered , the earth cannot bear two suns , nor Asia two kings .
Parmenio , a friend of Alexander's , hearing the great offers Darius had made ,
said , were ...
Ah , youth ! what woes , too great for man to bear , Are ready to burst on thee ?
Urge not so Thy flying courser . Soon Theana's porch Receiv'd him : at his sight ,
the ancient slaves Affrighted shriek , and to the chamber point :Confounded , yet
... of mind , And sense of having well design'd ; And if , e'er he attain his end , His
sun precipitate descend , A brighter prize than that he meant Shall recompense
his mere intent No virtuous wish can bear a date Either too early or too late .
But though the birds were thus in haste , The leaves came on not quite so fast ,
And destiny , that sometimes bears An aspect stern on mau's affairs , Not
altogether smil'd on theirs . The wind , of late breath'd gently forth , Now shifted
east and ...
... whilst he is in it , let him make use of truth and sincerity in all his words and
actions , for nothing but this will hold out to the end . All other arts may fail , but
truth and integrity will carry a man through , and bear him out to the last ,
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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).