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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These lesser graces, she assumes the port O^hat eternal Majesty that weigh'd
Exalts* her da'nn^?1" ' if to these lhe mind Will be the change, and n^^'lf f" u e Of
servile custom cramp her gen'rou3°^ld^e ?f°rms Would sordid policies, the ...
I nothing know, But that I, am ; ancT, since I am, conclude Something eternal :
had there e'er been nought, Nought still bad been : Eternal there must be.— But
what eternal ? — Why not human race ? And Adam's. ancestors without an end?
Eternal too ?— Grant matter was eternal : still these orbs Would want some other
Father ; — Much design Is seen in all their motions, all their makes ; Design
implies intelligence, and art : That can't be from themselves — or man ; that art
The golden zones of heaven : to some she gave To weigh the moment of eternal
things, Of time, and space, and fate's unbroken chain, And will's quick impulse :
others by the hand She led o'er vales and mountains, to explore What healing ...
Ev'n on the barriers of the world untir'd She meditates th' eternal depth below; Till,
half recoiling, down the headlong steep She plunges; soon o'erwhelm'd and
swaliow'd up In that immense of being. There her hopes Rest at the fated goal.
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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).