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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And yet it irks me, the poor dappled fools, Being native burghers of this desert city
, Should, in their own confines, with forked heads Have their round haunches gor'
d. Lord. Indeed, my Lord, The melancholy Jaques grieves much at that; And in ...
... To them his heart, his love, his griefs were giv'n. But all his serious thoughts
had rest in Heav'n. As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, .' . Swells from the vale
, and midway leaves the storm, Tho' round its breast the rolling clouds are spread
Or what she dictates writes : and, oft an eye Shot round, rejoices in the vigorous
year. "When Autumn's yellow lustre gilds the world, And tempts the sickle swain
into the field, Seiz'd by the general joy, his heart distends With gentle throe? ; and
Who but rather turns To Heav'n's broad fire his unconstrained view, Than to the
glimmering of a waxen flame ? Who that, from Alpine heights, his lab'ring eye
Shoots round the wild horizon, to survey Nilus or Ganges rolling his bright wave ...
... Long-back'd, Iong-tail'd, with whiskered snout, And badger-coloar'd hide, He,
ent'ring at the study-door, Its ample area 'gan t' explore ; And something in the
wind Conjectur'd sniffing round and round, Better than all the books he found,
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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).