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To epithets allots emphatic state , Whilst principals , ungrac'd like lacquies wait :
In ways first trodden by himself excels , And stands alone in indeclineables ;
Conjunction , preposition , adverb join To stamp new vigour on the nervous line :
... undeserved dignity . O that estates , degrees , and offices , Were not derived
corruptly , that clear honour Were purcbased by the merit of the wearer ! How
many then should cover that stand bare ! How 16 SELECT SENTENCES .
How many then should cover that stand bare ! How many be commanded , that
command ! Oh , who can hold a fire in his hand , By thinking on the frosty
Caucasus ? Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite , By bare imagination of a feast ?
So , faint resemblance ! on the marble tomb , The well dissembled mourner
stooping stands , For ever silent , and for ever sad , THOMSON COCOTTO CHAP
. XVI . JUNIO AND THEANA . SOON as young " reason dawn'd ' in Junio's breast
... standing here ; Come fiend , come fury , giant , monster , blast From earth or
hell , we can but plunge at last . While thus she spake , I fainter heard the peals ,
For reynard , close attended at his heels By panting dog , tir'd man , and spatter'd
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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).