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 ...
The world appears not then originally made for the private convenience of me
alone. — It does not — But is it not possible so to accommodate it, by my own
particular industry ? — If to accommodate man and beast, heaven and earth ; if
this be ...
Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk. The earth, and stately tread, or lowly
creep ; Witness if I be silent, morn or even, To hill or valley, fountain or fresh
shade, Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise, Hail 328 PATHETIC
Where is Green ? — No matter where ; of comfort no man speak. Let's taik of
graves, of worms, and epitaphs, Make dusk our paper, and with rainy eyes Write
sorrow on the bosom of the earth ! Let's chuse executors, and talk of wills ; And
Of burning cressets ; know that at my birth, Tiie frame and the foundation of the
earth Snook like a coward. Hot. So it would have done At tiie same season if your
mother's cat Had kitten'd, though yourself had ne'er been born. Glen. I say, the ...
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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).