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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The'Dervise told them he intended to take up his night's lodging in that
caravansary. The guards let him kiJ'ow, in a very angry manner, that the house
he was in was not a caravansary, but the king's palace. It happened that the king
I'll watch to-night ; perchance 'twill walk again. Hor. 1 warrant you, it will. Ham. If it
assumes my noble father's person, I'll speak to it, tho' hell itself should gape, And
bid me hold my peace. I pray you, If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight, Let ...
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut, Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub, Time
out of mind the fairies' coachmakers. And in this state she gallops, night by night,
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love On courtiers' knees, that ...
... care, he tosses out the night, 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 ?
Ris'n from the grave to ease the heavy guilt Of deeds in life conceal'd ; of shapes
that walk At dead of night, and clank their chains^and wave The torch of hell
around the murd'rer's bed. At every solemn pause the croud recoil Gazing each ...
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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).