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 ...
the bad, ordered the two youngest of the above me*. tioned families, Pleasure
who was the, daughter of Happiness, and Pain who was the son of Misery, to
meet one another upon this part of nature which lay in the balf way between them
The Gods have set a price upon every real and noble pleasure. If you would gain
the favour of the Deity, you must be at the pains of worshiping hjm j if the
friendship of good men, you must study to oblige them ; if you would be honoured
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 ...
THE PLEASURES OF RETIREMENT. 0 KNEW he but ... 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 ...
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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).