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Two travellers of such a cast , As o'er Arabia's wilds they pass'd , And on their
way in friendly chat , Now telk'd of this , and then of that , Discours'd a while , '
mongst other matter Of the Camelion's form and nature , « A stranger animal , "
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
The parents now , with late remorse , Hung o'er his dying bed , And weary'd
Heaven with fruitless pray'rs , And fruitless Sorrows shed . ? Tis past he cry'd but
if your souls Sweet mercy yet can move , Let these dim eyes once more behold
At first heard solemn o'er the verge of heaven , The tempest growls ; but as it
nearer comes , And rolls its awful burden on the wind , The lightnings flash , a
larger curve , and moreThe noise astounds : till over head a sheet Of livid flame ...
Fear not , ” he said , « Sweet innocence ! thou stranger to offence , « And inward
storm , He , who yon skies involves « La frowns of darkness , ever smiles on thee
“ With kind regard . O'er thee the secret shaft NARRATIVE PIECES .
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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).