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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A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all
conditions. He knows not how to fear, who dares to die. There is but one way of
fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrors of mind ; and that is, by
The consciousness of such a Being spreads a perpetual diffusion of joy through
the soul of a virtuous man, and makes him look upon himself every moment as
more happy than he knows how to conceive. The second source of cheerfulness
ALL men pursue good, and would be happy, iflhcy knew how-; not happy for
minutes, and miserable for hours ; but happy, if possible, through every part of
their existence. Either therefore there is a good of this steady durable kind, or
there is ...
it bleeds to death — his gentle heart bleeds with it. Peace to thee, generous
swain ! 'I see thou walkest off with anguish — but thy joys shall balance it ; for
happy is thy cottage, and happy is the sharer of it, and happy are the lambs which
Happy, happy, happy pair; 'None but the brave^ None but the brave, None but
the brave deserves the fair. i * • Timotheus plae'd on high Amid the tuneful quire,
With flying fingers touch'd^he lyre, The trembling notes ascend the sky, 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).