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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Their father himself did not come to the crown by hereditary right. He was elected
in preference to a woman and an infant, who were deemed not to be capable of
ruling a kingdom. By that election or allegiance is bound to him during his life ...
... which extend from the British ocean to the Pyrenean mountains. By governing
in his youth, so many different states, he will learn to govern us, and come to the
crown after the decease of king Stephen, accomplished in all the arts of good ...
A borrow'd jewel, glitt'ring in the crown With specious lustre, lent but to betray :
You have it, Sir, and hold it— from the people. Edw. And therefore do I prize it ; I
wou*d guard Their liberties, and they shall strengthen mine ; But when -proud ...
White beards have arm'd their thin and hairless scalps Against thy majesty ; boys,
with women's voices, Strive to speak big, and clasp theii female joints In stiff
unweildy arms, against thy crown. The very beadsmen leatn to bend their bows
There is your crown ; And he that wears the crown immortally, Long guard it
your's ! If I affect it more, Than as your honor, and as your renown, - Let me no
more from this obedience rise/ Which my most true and inward duteous spirit
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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).