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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Heav'n to mankind impartial we confess, If all are equal in their Happiness : But
mutual wants this Happiness increase j All Nature's difference, keeps all Nature's
peace ;- Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; , i Bliss is the same in subject ...
Let the influence it gives us be ever so great, that man must pay very dear for his
power, who procures it at the expence of his own tranquility and peace. Besides,
the imitation of anger, which is easily formed, will produce the same effect upon ...
It is a pretence to disturb the peace of the church, ti infuse idle fears into the
minds of the people, and make religion itself an engine of sedition. It behoves the
piety, as well as the wisdom of Parliament, -to disappoint those endeav- ours. Sir,
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 ? Sure peace is his ; a solid life estrang'd \ To disappointment and
Rosse. That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker, Each minute teems a new
one. Macd. How does my wife ? Rosse. Why, well. Macd. And all my children ?
Rosse. W'ell too. Macd. The tyrant has not batter'd at their peace ? Rosse. No;
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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).