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A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends : but a poor man being down
is thrust away by his friends : when a rich man is fallen he hath many helpers ; he
speaketh things not to be spoken , and yet men justify him : the poor man slipt ...
Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man , I take it for granted there
would be as much genč . rosity if he were a rich man . Flowers of rhetoric in
sermons of serious discourses , are like the blue and red flowers in corn ,
pleasing to ...
... and moving how express and admirable ! in aetion how like an angel ! in ap .
prehension how like a God ! If to do , were as easy as to know what were good to
do , chapels had been churches , and poor men's cottages prin ces ' palaces .
The sense of death is most in apprehension ; And the poor beetle that we tread
upon , In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great , As when a giant dies . How
far the little candle throws his beams ! So shines a good deed in a naughty world
... Creeps in this petty space from day to day , To the last syllable of recorded time
, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusky death , Out , out ,
brief candle ! Life's but a walking shadow , a poor player , SELECT SENTENCES
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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).