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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A redbreast was observed to build in the cabin where she was born ; and \vhile
she was yet an infant, a dove pursued by a hawk flew into her bosom. This
nymph had a dejected appearance, but so soft and gentle a mien that she was
... and Maria observing as I took out my handkerchief, that it was steeped to much
already to be of use, would needs gt> wash it in the stream— And where will you
dry it Maria ? said I — I will dry it in my bosom, said she — it will do me good.
... cold urn of her whom long he lov'd So often fills his arms ; so often draws His
lonely footsteps at the silent hour, To pay the mournful tribute of his tears ? O ! he
will tell tfiee, that the wealth of world* Should ne'er seduce his bosom to forego a.
With unremitted labour to pursue Those sacred stores that wait the ripening soul,
In truth's exhaustless bosom. What need words To paint its pow'r ? For thin, the
daring youth Brraks from his weeping mother's anxious arms, 1n foreign climes to
Where is Green ? — No matter where ; of comfort no man speak. Let's taik of
graves, of worms, and epitaphs, Make dusk our paper, and with rainy eyes Write
sorrow on the bosom of the earth ! Let's chuse executors, and talk of wills ; 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).