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 beauteous EMMA flourish'd fair Beneath a mother's eye, Whose only wish
on earth was now To see her blest and die. The softest blush that nature spreads,
, Gave colour to her cheek ; Such orient colour smiles thro' heav'n When May's ...
But tho' Heav'n In every breast hath sown these early seeds Of love and
admiration, yet in vain, Without fair culture's kind parental aid, Without enlivening
suns> and genial show'rs, And shelter from the blast, in vain we hope The tender
Now let me sit beneath the whitening thorn, And mark thy spreading tints steal o'
er the dale : And watch with patient eye Thy fair unfolding charms. O Nymph
approach ! while yet the temperate sun With bashful forehead, thro' the cool moist
Ye idle drones, That rather pilfer than your bread obtain By honest means like
these, look here, and learn How good, how fair, how honourable 'tis To live by
industry. Toe busy tribes Of bees so emulous, are daily fed With heaven's
Th« virtuous Marcia tow'rs above her sex: True, she is fair (Ohj-ho'w divinely fair !
) But still tile lovely 'maid improves her charms .- - «* "' ' . G g 2 With inward
greatness, unaffected wisdom, ,4nd sanctity of manners. Cato's PATHETIC
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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).