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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Macd. My ever gentle cousin, welcome hither. Mai. I know him now. Good Qod
betimes remove Kk The means that makes us strangers ! Rosse. Sir, Amen,
PATHETIC PIECES. 367 ^^Macbeth's Soliloquy ibid -——Macduff, Malcolm, and
Sir, Amen, Macd. Stands Scotland where it did ? Rosse. Alas, poor country !
Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot Be call'd our mother, but our grave ; where
nothing, But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile; Where sighs and groans,
Macd. What concern they ? The gen'ral cause ? or is it a free grief, ' Due to some
single breast ? Rosse. No mind that's honest, .But in it shares some woe ; though
the main part Pertains to you alone, Macd. If it be mine, Keep it not from me, ...
Macd. 0, I could play the woman with mine eyes, And braggart with my tongue.
But gentle Heav'n ! Cut short all intermission : front to front, Bring thou this fiend of
Scotland and myself; Within my sword's length set him, if he 'scape, Then Heav'n
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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).