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The vagrant , when he begs ; the soldier , when he gives the word of command ;
the watchman , when he announces the hour of the night ; the sovereign , when
he issues his edict ; the senator , when he harrangues ; the lover , when he ...
Friends now fast sworn , Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart , Whose
hours , whose bed , whose meal and exercise Are still together ; who twine ( as '
twere ) in love Inseperable ; shall within this hour , On a dissention of a duit ...
... That struts and frets his hour upon the stage , And then is heard no more ! It is a
tale Told by an idiot , full of sound and fury Signifying nothing . BOOK II .
NARRATIVE PIECES . CHAP . I. THE 18 SELECT SENTENCES . Select
Sentences 1 to.
This nymph had a dejected appearance , but so soft and gentle a mien that she
was beloved to a degree of enthusiasm . Her voice was low and plaintive , but
inexpressibly sweet ; and she loved to lie for hours together on the banks of some
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
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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).