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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A wise man will fear in every thing. He that con- temneth small things, shall fall by
. little and little. A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends : but a poor
man being down is thrutt away by his friends: when a rich man is fallen he hath ...
... That serve mankind, or shun them, wild or tame -; The looks and gestures of
their griefs and fears Have, all, articulation ... hideous bowlings to the skies, I
could be much compos'd nor should appear For such a cause to feel the slightest
I do fear the people Choose Caesar for their king. Cas. Ay, do you fear it ? Then
must I think you would not have it so. Bru. I would not, Cassias ; yet I love him well
, But wherefore, do you hold me here so long ? What is it that you would impart ...
ODE TO FEAR. THOU, to whom the world unknown "With all its shadowy shapes
is shown, Who seest appall'd th' unreal scene, While fancy lifts the veil between :
Ah Fear ! ah frantic Fear ! I see, I see thee near. I know thy hurried step, thy ...
But, pardon me, I do not in position Distinctly speak of her ; though I may fear, Her
will, recoiling to her better judgment, May fall to match you with her country-forms
^ And haply, so repent. OTH. Earewel, farewel ; ** .. If more thou dost perceive, ...
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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).