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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
Hercules , says she , I offer myself to you because I : know you are descended
from the Gods , and give proofs of that descent by your love to virtue , and
application to the studies proper for your age .. ' This makes me hope you will
gain , both ...
Love alone remained , having been stolen away by Hope , who was bis nurse ,
and conveyed by her to the forests of Arcadia , where he was brought up among
the shepherds . But Jupiter assigned him a different partner , and commanded
... flush'd with hope , had caught his eye , Alas ! unhappy youth , he cry'd Expect
no praise from me , ( and sigh'd ) With indignation I survey Such skill and
judgment thrown away , The time profusely squander'd there , On vulgar arts
They lov'd ; but such their guiltless passion was As in the dawn of time informd
the heart Of innocence , and undissembling truth . ' Twas friendship heightend by
the mutual wish . Th ' enchanting hope , and sympathetic glow , Beam'd from the
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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).