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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CHAP. XVII. ON VERSIFICATION. MANY by Numbers judge a Poet's song ; And
smooth or rough, with them, is right or wrong i In the bright Muse tho* thousand
charms conspire, Her voke is all these tuneful fools admire ; Who haunt
Go to the wayward world ; compleat the rest ; Be, what the purest Muse wou'd
wish to sing. Be still thyself; that open path of Truth, Which led thee here, let
Manhood fiim pursue; Retain the sweet simplicity of Youth, And all thy virtue
With incense, kindled at. the Muse's flame. '- / ,.-..i - : , I-.- - ; ^ii ; -'-/, 'ih:H.i i ... Their
name, their years, spelt by the unletter'd Muse, The place of fame and elegy
supply ; And many a holy text around he strews, ;<, -. That teach the rustic
Twists its dark fold*, and points its venom'd stio^, Yet stiH (if aught aright the
Muse divine) Her rising pride shall mock the vain design ;. ... Where Science
smiles, the Muses join the train : ,,, And gentlest arts and purest manners reign.
... fast-clinging to his cage, And, screaming at the sad presage, Awoke and found
it true. For, aided both by ear and scent, Right to his mark the monster went Ah,
muse ! forbear to speak Minute the horrors that ensued ; Hu teeth were strong,.
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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).