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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... and hear Such strains as would have won the ear Of Pluto, to have quite set
free His half-regain'd Eurydice. These delights if thou canst give, Mirth, with thee I
mean to live. MILTON.
By the hero's armed shades, Glitt'ring thro' the gloomy glades; By the youths that
dy'd for love, _ Wond'ring in the myrtle grove, Restore, restore Eurydice to life ;
JOh take the Husband, or return the Wife ! He sung, and hell consented To hear ...
Yet even in death Eurydice he sung, ,' -Eurydice still trembled on his tongue,
Eutydice the woods, Eurydice the floods Eurydice the rocks, and hollow
mountains lung. Music the fiercest grief can charm-, And fate's severest rage
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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).