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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Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a summer-day's Long labour, why
forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine gleaming
as thro' amber clouds, O'er all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His rude ...
'Tis Fancy, in her fiery car, Transports me to the thickest war, There whirls me o'er
the hills of slain, Where Tumult and Destruction reign ; Where, mad with pain, the
wounded steed Tramples the dying and the dead ; Where giant Terror stalk?
Musing o'er thy darling grave ; O 0,'ieen of numbers, once again Animate some
chosen swain, Who, fill'd with unexhausted fire, May boldly strike the sounding
lyre, i May rise above the rhyming throng, And with some new unequall'd song O'
Sometimes she driyeth o'er a soldier's neck, And then he dreams of cutting
foreign throats, Of breaches, .ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five
fathom deep ; and then anon ' Drums in his ears, at which he starts and wakes ;
And being ...
Where'er mankind and misery are found, O'er burning sands, deep waves, or
wilds of snow, Thy Howard journeying seeks the house of woe. Down many a
winding step to dungeons dank, Where anguish wails aloud, and' fetters xlank ;
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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).