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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... nature will always be endeavouring to return, and will betray herself at one
time or other. Therefore if any man think it convenient to seem good, let him be so
indeed, and then his goodness will appear to every one's satisfaction ; for truth is
... that you o'erstep- not the modesty of nature : for any thing so overdone is from
the purpose of playing ; whose end, ... thought some of nature's journeymen had
made men, and not made them well ; they imitated humanity so abominably, ' .
Vast chain of Being -I which from God began, Nature ethereal, human ; angel,
man ; Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye ... one step broken, the great scale's
destroy d ; From Nature's chain Whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth,
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 ...
Let nature rest: And when the taste of joy Grows keen, indulge ; but shun satiety. '
Tis not for mortals always to be blest. But him the least the dull or painful hours Of
life oppress, when sober Sense conducts, And Virt'-', thro' this labyrinth we ...
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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).