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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... but which is much more, to God, who searchethour hearts. So that upon all
account'; sincerity is true wisdoln. Particularly as to the affairs of this world,
integrity hath many advantages over all the artificial modes of dissimulation and
Say, here he gives too little, there too much : Destroy alt creatures for thy sport or
gust, Yet cry, if man's unhappy, God's ... ptrfect here, immortal there ; Snatch from,
his hand the balance and the rod, Rejudge hts-justicg, be the God of God.
... And Gods of Conq'rors, Slaves of Subjects made : She 'midst the Mining's
blaze, and thunder's sound, "When rock'd the mountains, & when groan'd the
ground, §he taught tiie weak to bend, the proud to pray, To Pow'r unseen, and
Gods partial, changeful, passionate, unjust, Whose attributes were Rage,
Revenge, or Lust; Such as the souls of ... food ; Next his grim idol smear'd with
human blood ; With heav'n's own thunders shook the world below, And play'd the
God an ...
This nor gems, nor stores of gold, Nor purple state, nor culture can bestow ; But
God alone, when first his active hand Imprints the sacred bias of the soul. He,
mighty Parent, wise and just in all, Free as the vital breeze or light of heav'n,
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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).