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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Descends the fated flash. Young Celadon And his ... Heavy )|ith instant fate her
bosom heav'd Unwonted sighs ; and stealing oft a look Tow'rds the big gloom, on
Celadon her eye Fell tearful, wetting her disordered cheek. In vain assuring love,
... animal spirits, despises the suaviter in modo, and thinks to carry all before him
by the fortiter in re. He may possibly, by great accident, now and then succeed,
when he has only weak and timid people to deal with; but his general fate will be,
Vers'd in the woes and vanities of life, He pitied man : and much he pitied those
Whom falsely-smiling fate has curs'd with means To dissipate their days in quest
of joy. Our aim is Happiness ; 'tis yours, 'tis mine, He said, 'tis the pursuit of all ...
Time lodg'd in their own hands is Folly's vails ; That lodg'd in Fate's, to Wisdom
they consign ; The thing they can't but purpose, they postpone, 'Tis not in Folly,
not to scorn a fool ; And scarce in human Wisdom to do more. All promise is poor
The fated rounds of time. Thence fir effus'd She darts her swiftness up the long
career Of devious opmef< j thro' its burning sighs Exulting measures the
perennial wheel Of nature, and looks- back' on all the stars, Whose blended light,
as with a ...
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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).