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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FOLLOW nature, is certainly the fundamental lawof Oratory, without a regard to
which, all other rules will only produce affected declamation, not just elocution :
And some accurate observers, judging, perhaps, from a few unlucky specimens
There is something UH- natural in painting, which a skilful eye will easily discern
from native beauty and complexion. It is hard to ... nature will always be
endeavouring to return, and will betray herself at one time or other. Therefore if
any man ...
Vast chain of Being -I which from God began, Nature ethereal, human ; angel,
man ; Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach ; from
Infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing— On superior pow'rs Were we to. press,
Let nature rest: And when the taste of joy Grows keen, indulge ; but shun satiety. '
Tis not for mortals always to be blest. But him the least the dull or painful hours Of
life oppress, when sober Sense conducts, And Virt'-', thro' this labyrinth we ...
He, mighty Parent, wise and just in all, Free as the vital breeze or light of heav'n,
Reveals the charms of nature. Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a
summer-day's Long labour, why forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters 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).