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Tis slander ; Whose edge is sharper than the sword ; whose tongue Outvenoms
all the worms of Nile ; whose breath Rides on the posting winds , and doth belie
All corners of the world . ' Kings , queens ; and states , Maids , matrons , nay the ...
... had travelled over all Lombardy without money and through the flinty roads of
Savoy without shoes : how she had borne it , and how she had got supported ,
she could not tell -- but God tempers the wind , said Maria , to the shorn lamb .
At first heard solemn o'er the verge of heaven , The tempest growls ; but as it
nearer comes , And rolls its awful burden on the wind , The lightnings flash , a
larger curve , and moreThe noise astounds : till over head a sheet Of livid flame ...
... came on not quite so fast , And destiny , that sometimes bears An aspect stern
on mau's affairs , Not altogether smil'd on theirs . The wind , of late breath'd gently
forth , Now shifted east and east by north ; Bare trees and shrubs but ill , you ...
Could I believe that winds for ages pent In earth's dark womb have found at last a
vent , And from their prison house below arise , With all these hideous howlings
to the skies , I could be much compos'd nor should appear For such a cause to ...
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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).