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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ture will at length mount up to it, and shine forth in the same degree of glory. With
what astonishment and veneration may we look into our souls, where there are
such hidden stores of virtue and knowledge, such inexhausted sources of ...
As he is absent, I take upon me to tell you in his name, that no praise is lasting,
but what is rational ; and that you do what you can to lessen his glory, instead of
adding to it. Heroes have never, among us, been deified, till after their death.
Since then all hopes of forgiveness are vain, let those at length assume courage,
to whom glory, to .whom safety is dear. The Brigantines, even under a female
leader, had force enough to burn the enemy's settlements, to storm thair camps ...
... way With glory visible. His axle cools, And his broad disk, tho' fervent, not
intense, Foretels the near approach of matron night. Ye fair, retreat! Vour
drooping flowers need Wholesome refreshment. Down the hedge-row path We
hasten home, ...
I have ventur'd, Like little wanton boys, that swim on bladders, These many
summers in a sea of glory ; But far beyond my depth : my high blown pride At
length broke under me ; and now has left me, Weary, and old with service, to the
mercy Of ...
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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).