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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THE young Tobias was his father's joy ; He train'd him, as he thought, to deeds of
praise, He taught him virtue, and he taught him truth, And sent him early to a
public school. Here as it seem'd (but he had none to blame) Virtue forsook him,
The Prince went to Rome to defend his father, but coming into the senate, and
hearing a multitude of crimes proved upon him, was so oppressed when it came
to his turn to speak, that he was unable to utter a word. The story tells us, that the
There is my hand, You shaH be as a father to my youth : My voice shall sound ds
yoa do prompt miae ear ; And I will stoop and humble my intents, To your well
practis'd wise directions. And, Princes all, believe me, I beseech you '; My father
My Lord, I came to see your father's funeral. Ham. I pr'thee do not mock me, fellow
-student ; I think it was to see my mother's wedding. Hor. Indeed, my Lord, it follow
'd hard upon. Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio ; the funeral bak'd meats Did coldly ...
Had not your royal father thought so highly Of Roman virtue, and efCato's cause,
He had not fall'n by a slav'a hand, inglorious ; Nor would his slaughter'd army
now have lain On Afrie sands, disfigur'd with their wounds, To gorge the wolves ...
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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).