The Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces: selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, for the improvement of youth in reading and speaking : to which is prefixed, an essay on elocution
John Bioren & Thomas DeSilver, 1808 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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36 The Camelion Merrick 41 The Youth and the Philospher Whitehead 43 Sir
Balaam ✓ Pope 45 Edwin and Emma Mallet 47 Celadon and Amelia Thomson
80 Juno and Tteana Grainger 53 Page; Home 56 Shakspeare 57 Darwin 59
... employed, at less expence, Had taught thee honour, virtue, sense. And rais'd
thee from a coachman's fate, To govern men and guide the state. Whitehead. * i .
CHAP. XIV. SIR BALAAM.- WHERE London's column, 44 NARRATIVE PIECES.
SIR BALAAM.- WHERE London's column, pointing at the skies Like a tall bully,
lifts the head, and lies ; There dwelt a Citizen of sober fame, A plain good man,
and Balaam was his name ; Religious, punctual, frugal, and so forth ; His word ...
Behold Sir Balaam now a man of spirit, Ascribes his gettings to his parts and
merit; What late he called a Blessing, now was Wit, And God's good Providence,
a lucky Hit. Things change their titles, as our manners turn : His Compting-house
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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).