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... 178 In Praise of Virtue Price 181 The Speech of Brutus on the Death of Cęsar
Shakspeare 183 Aloucester's Speech to the Nobles ibid . 184 BOOK VI .
DIALOGUES . On Happiness Harris 186 The same subject ibid . 191 On Criticism
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their
good deeds ; and one fault of a deserving man , skall meet with more reproaches
, than all his virtues , praise ; such is the force of ill - will , and ill - nature .
You never heard the most delicious music , which is the praise of one's self ; nor
saw the most beautiful object , which is the work of one's own hands . Your
votaries pass away their youth in a dream of mistaken pleasures , while they are
... To curb the steed , and guide the wheel ; And as he pass'd the gazing throng ,
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 ...
... flush'd with hope , had caught his eye , Alas ! unhappy youth , he cry'd Expect
no praise from me , ( and sigh'd ) With indignation I survey Such skill and
judgment thrown away , The time profusely squander'd there , On vulgar arts
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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).