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A young man who has been accustomed to perform frequent exercises in this art
in private , cannot easily persuade himself , when he appears before the public ,
to consider the business he has to perform in any other light , than as a See ...
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do , Noi light them for themselves : for if
our virtues Did not go forth of us , ' twere all alike As if we had them not . Spirits
are not finely touch'd , But to fine issues : nor nature never lends The smallest ...
THERE were two families which from the beginning of the world were as opposite
to each other as light and darkness . The one of them lived in heaven and the
other in hell . The youngest descendant of the first family was Pleasure , who was
What a fool is this fellow ( says a man upon the road ) to be trudging it on foot with
his son , that his ass may go light ! The poor man hearing this , set his boy upon
the ass , and went whistling by the side of him . Why , sirrah ! ( cries a second ...
There was enough left for the little exigencies of obscurity - But he had two boys
who looked up to him for light - he thought they deserved it . He had tried his
sword - it could not open the way the mounting was too expensive and simple ...
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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).