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To discover and correct those tones , and habits of speaking , which are gross
deviations from nature , and as far as they prevail must destory all propriety and
grace of utterance ; and to acquire a habit of reading , or speaking , upon every ...
O momentary grace of mortal men , Which we more hunt for than the grace of
God ! . 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
Young Celadon And his Amelia were a matchless pair ; With equal virtue form'd ,
and equal grace ; The same , distinguish'd by the sex alone : Her's the mild lustre
of the blooming morn , And his the radiance of the risen day . They lov'd ; but ...
In colour , form , expression , and in grace , She shone all perfect ; while each
pleasing art , And each soft virtue that the sex adorns , Adorn'd the woman . My
imperfect strain Can ill describe the transports Junio felt At this discovery : he ...
... now some nine moons wasted , they have us'd Their dearest action in the
tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak , More than pertains to feats
of broils and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause , In speaking 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).