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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Alone, amid the shades, Still in harmonious intercourse they liv'd The rural day,
and talk'd the flowing hour,, Or sigh'd, and look'd unutterable things. So pass'd
their lifer a clear united stream,. By care unruffled : till, in evil hour, The tempest ...
... the silent hour, To pay the mournful tribute of his tears ? O ! he will tell tfiee, that
the wealth of world* Should ne'er seduce his bosom to forego a. That sacred hour
, when stealing from the noise Of care and envy, sweet remembrance sooths ...
That fools should be so deep contemplative: And I did laugh sans intermission,
An hour by his 'dial. 0' noble fool, A worthy fool ! motley's the only wear. Duke.
What fool is this ? Jaq. O worthy' fool ! one that hath been a courtier, And says, ...
... Or melts the thoughtless hours in idle state ? What tho' he knows not those
fantastic joys, That still amuse the wanton, still deceive ; A face of pleasure, put a
heart of psiin ; Their hollow moments undelighted all ? Sure peace is his ; a solid
Dost thou so hunger for my empty chair, That thou wilt needs invest thee with my
honours, Before 'thy hour be ripe ? 0 foolish youth ! Thou seek'st the greatness
that will overwhelm thee. Stay but PATHETIC PIECED 555 Henry IV'a Soliloquy ...
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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).