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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Heav'n to mankind impartial we confess, If all are equal in their Happiness : But
mutual wants this Happiness increase j All Nature's difference, keeps all Nature's
peace ;- Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; , i Bliss is the same in subject ...
He, mighty Parent, wise and just in all, Free as the vital breeze or light of heav'n,
Reveals the charms of nature. Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a
summer-day's Long labour, why forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to
Hail thou fair heav'n! We house i' th' re- k, yet use thee not so hardly As prouder
livers do. Quid. Hail, Heav'n ! Arv. Hail , Heav'n ! Bel. Now for our mmrrtflffn sport,
up to yond hill, Your legs are young. I'il,rread these flats. Consider, . When you ...
Life's little day Shall pass, and she is gone : while I appear Flush'd with the bloom
of youth thro' Heav'n's eternal year. Know, Mortals know, ere first ye sprung, . Ere
first these orbs in aether hung, I shone amid the heav'nly throng; These eyes ...
Who but rather turns To Heav'n's broad fire his unconstrained view, Than to the
glimmering of a waxen flame ? Who that, from Alpine heights, his lab'ring eye
Shoots round the wild horizon, to survey Nilus or Ganges rolling his bright wave ...
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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).