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To which are Prefixed Two Essays William Enfield. A wise man will desire no
more than what he may get justly , use soberly , distribute cheerfully , and live
upon contentedly . A contented mind , and a good conscience , will make a man
Jupiter considering that this species , commonly called man , was too virtuous to
be miserable , and too vicious to be happy ; that he might make a distinction
betiveen the good and E ? the bad , ordered the two youngest of the above ...
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
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 . foe . His sister , who like envy formd , Like her in
Devoting alk To love , each was to each a dearer self ; Supremely happy in th '
awaken'd power Of giving joy . Alone , amid the shades , Still in harmonious
intercourse they liv'd The rural day , and talk'd the flowing hourg , Or sighd , and
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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).