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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... percussion of the breath, and. a forcible action of the organs employed in
forming them; and let all the vowel sounds have a full and bold utterance.
Practise these rules with perseverance, till you have acquired strength and
energy of speech ...
From the first Of days, on them his love divine he fix'd, His admiration : till in time
complete, What he admir'd, and lov'd, his, vital smite Unfolded into being. Hence
the breath Of life informing each organic frame, Hence the green earth, and wild ...
Disgrace and infamy ; My spotless name, which never yet the breath Of calumny
had tainted, made mock For foreign fools to carp at : but 'tis fit Who trust in princes
, should be thus rewarded. Edw. I thought, my lord, I had full well repay'd Youi ...
For within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a King, Keeps
Death his court ; and there the antic sits, Scoffing his state, and grinning at his
pomp; Allowing him a breath, a little scene To monarchize, be fear'd, and kill with
... Let me no more from this obedience rise/ Which my most true and inward
duteous spirit Teacheth this prostrate and exterior bending, Heav'n witness with
me, when I here came io, And found no course of breath within your Majesty, Ho*
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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).