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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On the other hand the cunning crafty man thinks to gain all his ends by the
suaviter in modo only ; he becomes all things to all men ; he stems to have no
opinion of his own, and servilely adopts the present opinion of the present person
; he ...
And do not saw the air too much with your hand thus : but use all gently ; for in the
very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirl wind of your passion, you must
acquire and beget a temperence that may give it smoothness. Oh ! it offends me
Need I urge Thy tardy thought thro' ail the various round Of this existence, that thy
soft'ning soul At length may learn what energy the hand- Of Virtue mingles in the
bitter tide Of passion swelling with distress and pain, To mitigate the sharp with ...
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,
There, Romany, turn your eyes to that sad spectacle — the daughter of Lucrtuufj
Collating's wife — she died by her own hand. See there a noble lady, whom the
lust of a Tarquin reduced to the necessity of being her own executioner, to attest ...
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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).