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As to be perfectly just , is an attribute of the divine pature ; to be so to the utmost
of our abilities , is the glory of man . No man was ever cast down with the injuries
of fortune , unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours .
... 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
... states , Maids , matrons , nay the secrets of the grave , This viperous slander
enters . There is a tide in the affairs of men , Which taken at the flood leads up to
fortune ; Omitted , all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows , and in miseries
It was an incident of good fortune which will never happen to any traveller , but a
sentimental one , that I should be at Rennes at the very time of this solemn
requisition : I called it solemn - it was so to me . The Marquis entered the court
with his ...
To which are Prefixed Two Essays William Enfield. For neither bosom lodg'd a
wish Which virtue keeps conceald , What happy hours of heart - felt bliss . Did
love on both bestow ! But bliss too mighty long to last , Where fortune proves a .
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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).