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This was so entertaining a sight , that the people ran in crowds to laugh at it ; till
the ass , conceiving a dislike to the over - complaisance of his master , burst
asunder the cords that tied him , slipped from the pole , and tumbled into the river
In short , if you would be eminent in war or peace , you must become master of all
the Qualifications that would make you so . These are the only terms and
conditions upon which I can propose happiness . The Goddess of Pleasure here
Thou hast one comfort , friend , said Igat least , in the loss of thy poor beast ; I am
sure thou hast been a merciful master to him - Alas ! said the mourner , I thought
so , when he was alive but now he is dead I think otherwise - I fear the weight of ...
OFT it has been my lot to mark A proud , conceited , talking spark , With eyes that
hardly served at most To guard their master ' gainst a post : Yet round the world
the blade has been To see whatever could be seen . Returning from his finish'd ...
... With graceful ease , and smack'd the thong , The idiot wonder they express'd
Was praise and transport to his breast . At - length quite vain , he needs would
shew His master what his art could do ; And bade his slaves the chariot lead ...
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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).