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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JUNIUS BRUTUS OVER THE DEAD BODY OP LUCRET1A. YES, noble lady, I
swear by this blood, which was once so pure, and which nothing but royal villainy
could have polluted, that 1 will pursue Lucius Tarquinius the proud, his wicked ...
Brutus, I do observe you now of late; I have not from your eyes that gentleness
And show of love as 1 vas wont to have; You bear too stubborn and too strange a
hand Over your friend that lotes you. Bru. Cassius, Be not deceived : if I have ...
Men at sometimes are masters of their fates ; The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our
stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus — and Caesar — what
should be in that Caesar ? Why should that name be sounded, more than yours ?
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your earsy I come to bury Caesar, not to
praise him. The evil that men do lives after them ; The good is often interred with
their bones j - So let it be with Csssar ! Noble Brutus Hath told you, Cresar was ...
Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did
see, that on the Lupercal, I thrice presented him a kingly crown ; Which he did
thrice refuse. Was this ambition ? Yet Brutus says, ye was ambitious ; And, sure, ...
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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).