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... are at best but the royal stamp set upon base metal . Though ap honourable
title may be conveyed to posterity , yet the ennobling qualities which are the soul
of greatness , are a sort of incommunicable perfections , and cannot be
Tis safety to be near thee sure , and thus « To clasp perfection ! From his void
embrace , ( Mysterious Heaven ! ) that moment to the groundg : A blacken'd corse
, was struck the beauteous maid . But who can paint the lover as he stood , Pierc'
... and insolence of heart that is inconsistent with a life which is every moment
obnoxious to the greatest dangers . Writers of this complexion have observed ,
that the sacred person who was the great pattern of perfection , was never seen ...
... a view of those improveable faculties , which in a few years , and even at its
first setting out have made so considerable a progress , and which will be still
receiving an increase of perfection , and consequently an increase of happiness !
Honour's a sacred tie , the law of kings , The noble mind's distinguishing
perfection , That aids and strengthens virtue when it meets her , And imitates her
actions where she is not , It ought not to be sported with . CATO . In the second
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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).