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Rasselas Prince of Abyssinia - Samuel Johnson

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson

CHAPTER I - DESCRIPTION OF A PALACE IN A VALLEY.



YE who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue 
with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will 
perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the 
present day will be supplied by the morrow, attend to the history 
of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.

Rasselas was the fourth son of the mighty Emperor in whose 
dominions the father of waters begins his course - whose bounty 
pours down the streams of plenty, and scatters over the world the 
harvests of Egypt.

According to the custom which has descended from age to age among 
the monarchs of the torrid zone, Rasselas was confined in a private 
palace, with the other sons and daughters of Abyssinian royalty, 
till the order of succession should call him to the throne.

The place which the wisdom or policy of antiquity had destined for 
the residence of the Abyssinian princes was a spacious valley in 
the kingdom of Amhara, surrounded on every side by mountains, of 
which the summits overhang the middle part.  The only passage by 
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