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 eye of a critic is often like a microscope, made so very fine and nice that it
discovers the atoms, grains, and minutest articles, without ever comprehending
the whole, epmparing the parts, or seeing all at once the harmony. Men's zeal for
... hired and set on'by Malice in the dark, shall strike together at all thy infirmities
and mistakes: the best of us, my friend, lie open tljiere,, and trust me — when to
gratify a private appetite,!! is once resolved upon, that an innocent and an
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 ...
Hardly any one has submitted to it all st once. His disposition must be previously
understood, the particular bait must be found out with which he is to be allured,
and after all, it is not without many struggles that he surrenders his virtue Indeed,
Jaffier, thy friend, thy once lov'd, valu'd friend ! 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 ...
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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).