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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Know thy own point : This hind, this due degree Of blindness, weakness, Heav'n
bestows on thee. Submit. — In this, or any other sphere, Secure to be as blest as
thou canst bear ; Safe in the hand of one disposing Pow'r. Or in thp natal, or the ...
So drives Self-love, thro' just and thro' unjust, To one Man's pow'r, abition, lucre,
lust : The same Self-love, in all becbmes the cause Of what restrains him,
Government and laws. For what one likes if others like as well, What serves one
... Slow thro' that studious gloom thy pausing eye Led by the glimm'ring taper
moves around The sacrtd volumes of the dead, the songs Of Grecian birds, and
records writ by fame For Grecian Heroes, 'where, the present pow'r ' Of heav,n
... why forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine
gleaming as thro' amber clouds, O'er all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His
rude expression and untutor'd airs, Beyond the pow'r of language, will unfold The
Witness the sprightly joy when ought unknown Strikes the quick sense, and
wakes each active pow'r To brisker measures : witness the neglect Of all familiar
prospects, tho' beheld With transport once ; the fond attentive gaze Of young ...
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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).