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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... virtue's kindest looks his aching breast, And turns his tears to rapture.— Ask the
crowd Which flies impatient from the village-walk To climb the neighboring cliffs,
when far below The cruel winds have hurl'd upon the coast Some hapless bark ...
But tho' Heav'n In every breast hath sown these early seeds Of love and
admiration, yet in vain, Without fair culture's kind parental aid, Without enlivening
suns> and genial show'rs, And shelter from the blast, in vain we hope The tender
... To them his heart, his love, his griefs were giv'n. But all his serious thoughts
had rest in Heav'n. As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, .' . Swells from the vale
, and midway leaves the storm, Tho' round its breast the rolling clouds are spread
With swift wing, O'er land and sea the imagination roams ; Or truth, divinely
breaking on his mind, Elates his being, and unfolds his powers ; Or in his breast
heroic virtue burns. The touch of kindred too and love he feels ; The modest eye ...
... all familiar prospects, tho' beheld With transport once ; the fond attentive gaze
Of young astonishment ; the sober zeal Of age, commenting on -prodigious
things. For such the bounteous providence of Heav'n, In every breast implanting
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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).