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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... golden wing, And frolic where they list ; ' Strangers to liberty, 'tis true, But that
delight they never knew, And, therefore, never miss'd, But Nature works in ev'ry
breast ; Instinct is never 62 NARRATIVE PIECES.
... object, from each place acquir'd, For ever exercis'd, yet never tir'd ; Never
elated, while one man's oppress'd; Never dejected, while another's blesa'd j And
where no wants, no wishes can remain, Since but to wish more Virtue, is to gain.
Am 1 never annoyed by animals, either of my own kind, or a different ? Is every
thing subservient to me, as though I had ordered all myself? — No— nothing like
it — the farthest from it possible. — The world appears not then originally made ...
... have never dared to shew their faces. SALLUST. CHAP. IV. CALISTHENES's
REPROOF OF CLEON's FLATTERY TO ALEXANDER. IF the 'king were present,
Cleon, there would be no need of my answering to what you have just proposed.
We are now come to the Rubicon j our army is now to be reduced, or it never will ;
from his Majesty's own mouth we are as* smred of a profound tranquiity abroad,
we know there is- ene at home ; if this is not a proper time, if these ...
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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).