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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So, round thy brow when age's honours spread, When death's cold hand
unstrings thy Mason's lyre, When the green turf lies lightly on his head, Thy worth
shall some superior bard inspire ; He to the amplest bounds of Time's domain, On
With her book, and her voice, and her lyre, To wiag all her moments at home, .
And with scenes that new rapture inspire As oft as it suits her to roam, She will
have just the life she prefers, With little to wish or to fear, And ours will be
pleasant as ...
DESCEND, ye Nine! descend and siDg j The breathing instuments inspire, Wake
into voice each silent string, And sweep the sounding lyre I In a sadty-pleasing
strain Let fhe warbling lute complain : Let the loud trumpet sound, Till the roofs all
... pair; 'None but the brave^ None but the brave, None but the brave deserves
the fair. i * • Timotheus plae'd on high Amid the tuneful quire, With flying fingers
touch'd^he lyre, The trembling notes ascend the sky, And heav'nly joys inspire.
... And sounding lyre, . ' . -' ' . * Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
At last divine Cecilia camp, Inveutress of the vocal fra,me ; The sweet enthusiast,
from her sacred store, Enlarg'd the former narrow bounds, And added length to ...
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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).