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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Jr:9*07 * ;" The fortunes of'th^heus^ sMalHritter— thy character, which led the
way to them, shall bleed on every side of it^-*hy faith questioned — thy works
belied— thy wit forgotten — thy learning trampled on. To wind up the last scene
of thy ...
Fortune her gifts may variously dispose, And these be happy call'd, unhappy
those ; But Heav'ns just balance equal will appear, While those are plac'd in
Hope, and these in Fear : Not present good or ill, the joy or curse, But future
views of ...
But at his heart the most undaunted son- Of fortune dreams its name and awful
charms. To noblest uses this determines wealth : This is the solid pomp of
prosperous days.; The peace and shelter of adversity. And if you pant for glory,
build your ...
CHAP. II. HANNIBAL TO HIS SOLDIERS. I KNOW not, soldiers, whether you or
your prisoners -be encompassed by fortune with the stricter bonds and
necessities. Two seas enclose you on the right and left; — not a ship to flee to for
A fool, a fool ; 1 met a fool i' th' forest, A motley fool ; a miserable varlet I As I do
live by food, I met a fool, Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun, And rail'd
on Lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms, and yet a motley 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).