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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Cowards die many times before their deaths ; The valiant never taste of death but
once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that
men should fear; Seeing that death a necessary end, Will come, when it will ...
... but what is rational ; and that you do what you can to lessen his glory, instead
of adding to it. Heroes have never, among us, been deified, till after their death.
And whatever may be your way of thinking, 1-50 ORATIONS AND HARANGUES.
... one eye, and Death i' th' other, And I will look on Death indifferently : For let the
gods so speed me, as I love The name of Honour more than I fear Death. Cas. I
know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, As well as 1 do know your,gutward favour.
... can give, Or floated loose, or stiff with mazy gold, The pride and gaze of fools,
oppress him not ? What tho', from utmost land and sea survey'd, For him each
rarer tributary life Bleeds not, and his insatiate table heaps With luxury and death
Our lands, our lives, and all, are Bolingbroke's, And nothing can we call our own
but death : Anu' that small model of the barren earth, Which serves as paste and
cover to our bones. For heav'n's sake, let us sit upon the ground, And tell sad ...
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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).