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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BEHOLD the ways . Of Heav'n's eternal destiny to man, For ever just, benevolent
and wise : That Virtue's awful steps, howe'er pursued By vexing Fortune and
intrusive Pain, Should never be divided from her chaste, Her fair attendant,
Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a summer-day's Long labour, why
forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine gleaming
as thro' amber clouds, O'er all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His rude ...
Behold the market-place with poor oer'spread ! The Man of Ross divides the
weekly bread : He feeds yon alms-house, neat, but void of state. Where age and
want sit smiling at the gate : Him portion'd maids, apprentic'd orphans blest, The ...
CONTENTMENT, parent of delight, So much a stranger to our sight, Say,
Goddess, in what happy place Mortals behold thy blooming face? i - Thy gracious
auspices impart, And for thy temple choose my heart, i -. They, whom thou
deignest to ...
Behold him here ; No welcome guest, it seems, unless I ask My lord of Suffolk's
leave — there was a time When Warwick wanted not his aid to gain Admission
here. Edw. There was a time, perhaps, When Warwick more desir'd, and ...
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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).