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Who builds his hope in th ' air of men's fair looks ; Lives like a drunken sailor on a
mast , Ready with every nodo tumble down Into the fatal bowels of the deep .
Who shall go about To cozen fortune and be honourable Without the stamp of
And who is poor Maria ? said I. The love and pity of all the villagers around us ,
said the postillion - it is but three years ago , that the sun did not shine upon so
fair , so quick - witted , and amiable a maid ; and better fate did Maria deserve ,
A nymph of Quality admires our Knight , He marries , bows at court , and grows
polite : Leaves the dull Cits , and joins ( to please the Fair ) The well - bred
cuckolds in St. Jame's air : In Britain's Senate he a seat obtains , And one more ...
There beauteous EMMA flourish'd fair Beneath a mother's eye , Whose only wish
on earth was now . To see her blest and die .. The softest blush that nature
spreads , Gave colour to her cheek ; Such orient colour smiles thro ' heav'n When
Each classic beauty he soon made his own ; And soon fam'd ' Isis saw him woo
the nine , On her inspiring banks : Love tund his song : For fair Theana was his
only theme , Acasto's daughter , whom in early youth He oft distinguish'd ; and for
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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).