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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PITY. "IN the happy period of the golden age, when all tri* telestial inhabitants
descended to thcearth, and conversed familiarly with mortals, amongst -the most
cherished of the heavenly powers were twins, the offspring of Jir- piter, Love and
The maids and shepherds of the neighbouring plains gathered round, and called
her Pity. A redbreast was observed to build in the cabin where she was born ;
and \vhile she was yet an infant, a dove pursued by a hawk flew into her bosom.
PITY the sorrows of a poor old man, 'Whose trembling limbs have born him to
your door, Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span. Oh! give relief' and
Heaven will bless your store. These tatler'd cloaths my poverty bespeak, These
Should I rpveal the sources of my grief, If soft humanity e'er touch'd your breast,
Your hands would not withhold the kind relief, And tt'ars of Pity would not be
represt. Heaven sends misfortunes : why should we repine ? 'Tis Heaven has
O be less kind, my friend, or move less pity, Or I shall sink beneath the weight of
sadness! I weep that I am doom'd to live without you, And should ha,ve smil'd to
share the death of Essex. Ess. O spare this tenderness for one that needs it, For ...
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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).