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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Oh ! it offends me to the soul, to hear a robusteous periwig-pated fellow tear a
passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings ; who (for the
most part) are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shew and noise : I could
From vale to vale the gathering cries rebound, And sable nations tremble at the
sound ! , — Ye bands of Senators ! whose suffra Britannia's realms, whom eith^^
Who right themjured^ haye 'tome! hear<, his dread resort> C*~*eience holds his
Hear him but reason in divinity, And all-admiring, with an inward wish You would
deske, the King were made a prelate. Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
You'd say, it had been all in all his study. List his discourse of war, and you shall ...
Mortals, in vain ye hope to find, " If guilt, if fraud has stain'd your mind, " Or saint to
hear, or Angel to defend." So Truth proclaims. I hear the sacred sound Burst from
the center of her burning throne : Where aye she sits with star-wreath'd lustre ...
When winter like poor pilgrim old, Shakes his silver beard with cold, At ev'ry
season let my ear Thy solemn whispers, Fancy, hear. O warm enthu-iastic rmid,
Without 'hy puw'rful, vital aid, That breathes -an energy divine, That gives a soul
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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).