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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The troubled Tybe.r chasing with his shores, Caesar says to me, Dai'st thou,
Cassius now Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point ?
Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plunged in, And bid him follow ; so indeed
Brutus — and Caesar — what should be in that Caesar ? Why should that name
be sounded, more than yours ? Write them together ; your's is as fair a name :
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; Weigh them, it is as heavy ;
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 ...
When that the poor have cry'd, Caesar hath wept ; Ambition should be made of
sterner stuff. 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 ...
Kind souls; what, weep you when you but behold Our Caesar's vesture wounded
? look you here ! Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, by traitors. Good friends,
sweet friends, let me not sfir you up To any sudden flood of mutiny. They that
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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).