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96 The present condition of Man vindicated Pope On the Order of Nature ibid . 99
The Origin of Superstition and Tyranny ibid . 101 On Happiness ibid , 103 On
Virtue ibid . 106 On Versification ibid . 108 Lessons on Wisdom Armstrong 109 ...
We should take a prudent care for the future , but so as to enjoy the present . It is
no part of wisdom to be miserable to - day , because we may happen to be so to-
morrow . To mourn without measure is folly ; not to mourn at all insensibility .
Very few men , properly speaking , live at present , but are providing to live
another time . Party is the madness of many , for the gain of a few . To endeavour
to work upon the vulgar with fine sense , is like attempting to hew blocks of
And who is it , says the Dervise , that lodges here at present ? The king told him ,
that it was he himself . And who , says the Dervise , will be here after you ? The
king answered , the young prince his son . Ah , Sir , ' said the Dervise , ' a house ...
... but alas , their numbers were not considerable . At length , when these two
potentates had wearied themselves with waging war upon one ano . ther , they
agreed upon an interview , at which neither of their counsellors were to be
present : It ...
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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).