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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Hope humbly then ; with trembling pinions soar ; Wait the great teacher Death ;
and: God adore. What future bliss,' he gives^ot thee to know, But gives that Hope
to be thy blessing now. Hope springs eternal in the human breast ; Man never IS,
But tho' Heav'n In every breast hath sown these early seeds Of love and
admiration, yet in vain, Without fair culture's kind parental aid, Without enlivening
suns> and genial show'rs, And shelter from the blast, in vain we hope The tender
land, have broken their bounds, ravaged our borders, and taken from us whole
provinqes, which we never Can hope to recover ; while, instead of employing our
united force against them, we continue thus madly, without any care of our public
... A face of pleasure, put a heart of psiin ; Their hollow moments undelighted all ?
Sure peace is his ; a solid life estrang'd \ To disappointment and fallacious hope :
Rich in content, DESCRIPTIVE PIECES. 291 Mrs Barbanld Thomson ibid.
... and who has not ; and we shall be advanced, Trim, accordingly 1 hope we
shall, said Trim It is in the Scripture, said my uncle Toby, I will show it th«e to
morrow : -In the mean time we may depend upon it, Trim, for our comfort, said my
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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).