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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 ...
Doth glance from heaven to earth , from earth to heaven ; And as imagination
bodies forth The form of things unknown , the Poet's pen Turns them to shape ,
and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name .. Heaven doth with us as
The middle station of nature between these two oppo . sise extremes was the
earth , which was inhabited by creatures of a middle kind , neither so virtuous as
the one , nor so vicious as the other , but partaking of the good and bad qualities
IN the happy period of the golden age , when all the celestial inhabitants
descended to the earth , and conversed familiarly with mortals , amongst the most
cherished of the heavenly powers were twins , the offspring of Jupiter , Love and
... her feet bleeding with the roughness of the path . The nymph is morta !, for her
mother is so ; and when she has fulfilled ber destined course upon the earth ,
they F shall both expire together , and Love be again united NARRATIVE
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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).