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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What happy hours of heart-felt bliss. Did love on both besto.w ! But bliss too
mighty long to last,. Where fortune proves a foe. His sister, who like envy formM,
Like her in mischief joy'd To work them harm, with wicked skill Each darker art ...
The only point where human bliss stands stil!. And tastes the good without he fall
to ill ; Where only Merit constant pay receives, Is blest in what it takes, and what it
gives ; The joy unequall'd if it? end it gain, And if to lose, attended with no pain j ...
l?or him alone, Hope leads from goal to goal, And opens still, and opens on his
soul ; 'Till lengthen'd on to Faith, and unconfin'd, It pours the bliss that fills up all
the mind. He sees why Nature plants in man alone Hope of known bliss, and
... the classic page ; And virtue blossoms for a better age. Oh golden days! oh
bright unvalued hours ! What bliss (did yeliut know that bliss) were yours ? With
richest stores your glowing bosoms fraught, Perception quick, and luxury of
... an essay on elocution. Enamour'd more, as more resemblance Swells, With
many a proof of recollected love, Together down they sink in .social sleep ;
Together freed their gentle spirits fly To scenes where love and bliss immortal
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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).