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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YES, noble lady, I swear by this blood, which was once so pure, and which
nothing but royal villainy could have polluted, that 1 will pursue Lucius Tarquinius
the proud, his wicked wife, and their children, with fire and sword : nor will I ever ...
It was, as I have seen it in his life; A sable silver'd. Ham. 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
Age, thou art sham'd ; Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods. When went
there by an age, since the great flood, But it was fam'd with more than with one
man ? , . When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome, That her wide walls ...
Tho' now deserv'dly scorn'd and us'd most hardly. Pier. Thou Jaffier ! thoa my
once lov'd, valu'd friend! By heav'ns thou ly'st ; the man .so call'd, my friend, Was
generous, honest, faithful, just, and valiant, Noble in mind, and in his person
There was the weig* that pull'd me dowo ; 0 Cromwell, The King has gone
beyond me-r^all my glories In that one woman I have lost for ever. No sun shall
ever usher forth my honours, Or gild again the noble tioops that waited Upon mv
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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).