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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There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how wle .will, The
Poet's eyes, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth
to heaven ;^ And as imagination bodies forth ... The form of things unknown, the ...
Oh, no ! the apprehension of the good, Gives but the greater feeling to the worse ;
Fell sorrow's tooth doth never rankle more, Than when it bites, but lanceth not the
sore. -'Tis slander; Whose edge is sharper than the sword ; whose tongue ...
The why is plain, as way to parish-churchy; He whom a fool does very wisely hit, /
Doth very foolishly, although he smart, / Not to seem senseless of.the bob. If not,
The wise man's folly is anatomiz'd Even by the squad'ring glances of a fool. . . , .
... choir, as doth the prison'd bird, And sing our bondage freely. Bel. How you
speak ! Did you but know the city's usuries, And felt them knowingly ; the art o' th'
court, As hard to leave, as keep ; whose top to climb, Is certain falling ; or so slipp'
THAT you have -wrong'd me doth appear in this, You have condemn'd and noted
Lucius Pella, For taking bribes here of the Sardians; Wherein my letter (praying
on his side, Because I knew the man) was slighted of. BRU. You wrong'd ...
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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).