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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... In ev-'ry bush his hov'ring shade,, His groan hi ev'ry sound. Alone appall'd thus
had she pasa'd The visionary vale, Wheu lo! the death-bell smote her ear, Sad
sounding in NARRATIVE PIECES.
... wint'ry guest, is fed ; Nor autumn yet had brush'd from ev'ry spray, WTith her
chill hand, the mellow leaves away ; But corn was hous'd, and beans were in the
stack, Now, therefore, issued forth the spotted pack, With tails high mounted,,eafs
... parent, neighbour, first it will embrace ; His country next ; and next all human
race ; Wide and more wide, th' overflowings of the mind Take ev'ry creature in of-
ev'ry kind; Earth smiles around, with boundless bounty blest, And Heav'n beholds
When winter like poor pilgrim old, Shakes his silver beard with cold, At ev'ry
season let my ear Thy solemn whispers, Fancy, hear. O warm enthu-iastic rmid,
Without 'hy puw'rful, vital aid, That breathes -an energy divine, That gives a soul
... Dissolve me into extasies, And bring all heav'n before mine eyes. And may at
last my weary age, Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and mossy
cell, Where I may sit and rightly spell Of ev'ry star that Heav'n doth shew, And ev'
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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).