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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... and servilely adopts the present opinion of the present person ; he insinuates
himself only into the esteem of fools, but is soon detected, and surely despised,
by every body else. The wise man (who differs as much from the cunning, as from
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
If I have not, I am a fool for staying here. 'Tis a smoaky house, and the sooner out
of it the better. But why no interest ? — Can I be contented with none, but one
separate and detached ? — Is a social interest joined with others such an
And yet it irks me, the poor dappled fools, Being native burghers of this desert city
, Should, in their own confines, with forked ... and the big round tears Cours'd one
another down his innocent nose In piteous chase ! and thus the hairy fool.
Lord. I'll bring you to him straight. SHAKSPEARE. - CHAP. X. DUKE AND
JAQUES. Duke. WHY, how now, monsieur, what a life is this, That your poor
friends must woo your company ? 'What ? you look merrily. Jag. A fool, a fool ; 1
met a fool ...
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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).