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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As to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine aature ; to be so to the utmost of
our abilities, is the glory of man. • No man was ever cast down with the injuries of
fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours.
But if all these moral and divine habits be my interest, I need not surely seek for a
better. I have an interest compatible with the spot on which I live 1 have an
interest which may exist, without altering the plan of Providence ; without
mending or ...
O warm enthu-iastic rmid, Without 'hy puw'rful, vital aid, That breathes -an energy
divine, That gives a soul to tv'ry line ; Ne'er may I strite witn lips profane To utter
an unhallowM strain. Nor dare to touch the sacred string, ' Save when, with ...
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 ...
Of nature to perfection half divine Expand the blooming soul. What pity than
Should sloth's unkindly fogs depress to earth , Her tender blossom, choak the
streams oflife, And blast her spring ! Far otherwise design'd Almighty wisdom ;
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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).