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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This nymph had a dejected appearance, but so soft and gentle a mien that she
was beloved to a degree of enthusiasm. Her voice was low and plaintive, but
inexpressibly sweet ; and she loved to -lie foi hours together on the banks of
And lesser nymphs on side of hills From play-thing urns pour down the rills. Thus
shelter'd, free from care and strife, May I enjoy a calm through life ; See faction,
safe in low degree, As men at land sse storms at sea, And laugh at miserable ...
Thou who such weary lengths hast past, Where wilt thou rest, mad Nymph, at last
? > Say, wilt thou shroud in haunted cell, Where gloomy rape and Murder dwell ?
Or in some hollow'd seat, 'Gainst which the big waves beat, Hear drowning ...
... blithe, and debonair. Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with the* Jest and youthful
Jollity, ftuips, and Cranks, and wanton wiles, Nods and Becks, and wreathed
Smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek ; Sport ...
Like thy own solemn springs, Thy springs, and dying gales, O Nymph preserv'd,
while now the bright hair'd sun Sits on yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts With
brede ethereal wove, O'erhang his wavy bed : Now air is hush'd, save where the
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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).