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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 ...
The Dervise told them he intended to take up his night's lodging in that
caravansary . The guards let him know , in a very angry manner , that the house
he was in was not a caravansary , but the king's palace . It happened that the king
... knows ; we think that Heaven has assisted her in both ; for ever since she has
been unsettled in her mind , it seems her only consolation she has never once
had the pipe out of her hand , but plays that service upon it almost night and day .
Sirs , " cries the umpire , “ cease your pother« The creature's neither one nor t'
other , “ I caught the animal last night , " and view'd it o'er by candle - light : “ I
mark'd it well — ' twas black as jet“ You stare - but , Sirs , I've got it yet , “ And can
... says : My EDWIN , live for me . Now homeward as she hopeless went , The
church - yard path along , The blast blew cold , the dark owl scream'd Her lover's
fun'ral song . Amid the falling gloom of night , Her startling fancy found In ev'ry
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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).