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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... that his ass may go light ! The poor man hearing this, set his boy upon the ass>
and went whistling by the side of him. Why, sirrah ! (cries a second man to the
boy) is it fit for you to be riding, while your poor old father is walking on foot ?
have taken so old and poor a man so far a journey fro:rr his own home. It had
pleased Heaven, he said, to bless him with three sons, the finest lads in all
Germany ; but having in one week lost two of them By the small-^ox,, and the
I lament for him from my heart and my soul, said Trim, fetching a sigh poor
creature ! poor boy ?— poor gentleman ! He was alive last Whitsuntide, said the
coachman. — Whitsuntide ! alas ! cried Trim, extending his right arm, and falling ...
Alas, poor YOR1CK! Ten times a day has Yorick's ghost the consolation to hear
his monumental inscription read over with such a variety of plaintive tones, as
denote a general pity and esteem for him : — a footway crossing the church-yard
Rut oh, what damned minutes tells he o'er, Who doats, yet doubts ; suspects, yet
strongly loves J OTH. O misery ! IAGO. Poor and content, is rich, and rich, enough
But riches endless, is as poor as winter, To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
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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).