<Title>The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia</Title>
<Edition>Rasselas, Poems, and Selected Prose. Bertrand H. Bronson, ed. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960.</Edition>
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<p> 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 de-
ficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow ;
attend to the history of Rasselas prince of Abissinia.
<p>Rasselas was the fourth son of the mighty emperour, in
whose dominions the Father of waters begins his course;
whose bounty pours down the streams of plenty, and scatters
over half the world the harvests of Egypt.
<p>According to the custom which has descended from age
to age among the monarchs of the torrid zone, Ras . . .