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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Admonish a friend ; for many times it is a slander ; and believe not every tale.
There is ope that slippeth in his. speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that
hath not offended with Kis tongue? Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit, ...
What happy hours of heart-felt bliss. Did love on both besto.w ! But bliss too
mighty long to last,. Where fortune proves a foe. His sister, who like envy formM,
Like her in mischief joy'd To work them harm, with wicked skill Each darker art ...
... 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
ar: >AOic dishonour at thee, which no .innocence of heart or integrity of conduct
shall' sCiT-rgfit.'" Jr:9*07 * ;" The fortunes of'th^heus^ sMalHritter— thy character,
which led the way to them, shall bleed on every side of it^-*hy faith questioned ...
... repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine gleaming as thro' amber clouds, O'er
all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His rude expression and untutor'd airs,
Beyond the pow'r of language, will unfold The form of beauty smiling at his heart
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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).