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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Though I hate salutations and greetings in the marketplace, yet when we got into
the middle of this, I stopped to take my last look and last farewel of Maria. Maria,
though not ' tall, was- nevertheless- of the first order of fine forms affliction' had, ...
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 ...
Did you narrowly look ? — I look'd only at the stop-watch, my lord. Excellent
observer ! And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout about ?
Oh ! 'tis out of all plumb,my lord,quite an irregular thing ! not one of the angles at
Oh, torture me no more, I will confess - Alive again ? Then show me where he is :
I'll give a thousand pound to look upon him- — - He hath no eyes, the dust hath
blinded them : Comb down his hair; look ! look ! it stands upright. Like lime twigs ...
Deserted at his utmost need, * By those his former bounty fed, On the bare earth
expos'd he lies, ' Vith not a friend to close his eyes With downcast look the joyless
victor fate, Revolving in his alter'd soul . The various turns of fate below ; ' i 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).