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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O momentary grace of mortal men, Which we more hunt for than the grace of God
!- Who builds his hope in th' air of men's fair looks ; Lives like a drunken sailor on
a mast, Ready with every nod4o tumble down Into the fatal bowels of the deep.
... now some nine moons wasted, they have us'd Their dearest action in the
tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats
of broils and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause, In speaking for
The king is full of grace and fair regard. Ely. And a true lover of the holy church.
Cant. The courses of his youth promis?d it not; The breath no sooner Itft his-
father's body, But that his wildness, mortify "d in him, Seem'd to die too ; yea, at
Where throngs of knights and barons bold In weeds of peace high triumphs hold,
With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit,
or arms, while both contend To win her grace, whom all commend. There let ...
How does vour Grace ? Wol. Why well ; Never so truly happy, my good Cromwell.
I know myself now, and I feel within me A peace above all earthly dignities ; A still
and quiet conscience. The king has cur'd me, I humbly thank his Grace ; and, ...
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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).