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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PLEASURE AND PAIN.' THERE were two families which from the beginning of
the world were as opposite to each other as light and darkness. The one of them
lived in heaven and the other in hell. The youngest descendant of the first family ...
Pleasure and Pain were no sooner met in their new habitation, but they
immediately agreed upon this point, that Pleasure should take possession of the
virtuous, and Pain of the vicious part of that species which was given up to them.
But upon ...
Come along with me into this region., of delights, this world ofpleasure, and bid
farewel . for ever to care, to pain, to business, Hercules hearing the lady talk after
this manner, de- ' sired to know her name ; to which she answered, my friends, ...
THE PAIN ARISING FROM VIRTUOUS EMOTIONS ATTENDED WITH
PLEASURE. BEHOLD the ways . Of Heav'n's eternal destiny to man, For ever just
, benevolent and wise : That Virtue's awful steps, howe'er pursued By vexing
Fortune and ...
Not, replied he, in the pleasures which you feel, more than your disgrace lies in
the pain ; not iu the casual prosperity of fortune, more than your disgrace in the
casual adversity ; but in just complete action throughout every part of life,
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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).