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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Lady Morning Hymn Satan's Sofiloquy Juba and Syphax Cato's Soliloquy
Southampton -and Essex Jaffier and Pierre Edward and Warwick Orlando and
Adam .Scroop and Richard Hotspur and Glendower -Hotspur reading a Letter
Henry IV'a ...
JUBA AND SYPHAX. B. SYPHAX, I joy to meet thee thus aloire. 1 have observ'd
of late thy looks are fall'n, O'ercast with gloomy cares and discontent ; Then tell
me, Syphax, 1 conjure thee tell me, 'What are the thoughts that knit thy brow in- ...
Thy prejudices, Syphax, won't discern \Vhat virtues grotv from ignorance and
choice, . Nor how the hero differs from the bru'te. But grant that others could with
equal glory Look down on pleasures, and the baits of sense ; Where shall we find
Syphax, I should be more than twice an orphan 3y such a loss. SYPH. ... Syphax,
your zeal becomes importunate ; I've hitherto permitted it to rave, And talk at large
; but learn to keep it in, Least it should take more freedom than I'll give it. SYPH.
His counsels bade me yield to thy directions: Then, Syphax, chide me in severest
terms, Vent all thy passion, and I'll stand its shock, Calm and unruffled as a
summer se^, When not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface. SYPH. Alas, my
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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).