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387 Soliloquy of the King in Hamlet ibid . 388 Ode on St. Cecilia's Day Pope 389
Alexander's Feast Dryden 394 On the Death of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bulfinch
Cowper 398 ESSAY 85 ON ELOCUTION . Id assert ratio , docent CONTENTS.
When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Asia equally with
him , he answered , the earth cannot bear two suns , nor Asia two kings .
Parmenio , a friend of Alexander's , hearing the great offers Darius had made ,
said , were ...
... whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile ; whose breath Rides on the
posting winds , and doth belie All corners of the world . ' Kings , queens ; and
states , Maids , matrons , nay the secrets of the grave , This viperous slander
A DERVISE travelling through Tartary , being arrived at the town of Balk , went
into the king's palace by mistake , as thinking it to be a public inn or caravansary .
Having looked about him for some time , he entered into a long gallery , where he
The king replied , His father . And who is it , says the Dervise , that lodges here at
present ? The king told him , that it was he himself . And who , says the Dervise ,
will be here after you ? The king answered , the young prince his son . Ah , Sir ...
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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).