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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... shade. The trembling grove confess'd its fright, The wood-nymphs started at the
sight ; The Muses drop the learned lyre, And to their inmost shades retire. Howe*
er, the youth, with forward air, Eows to the sage, and mounts the car ; G The ...
Autumnal rains had made it chill, And from the trees that fring'd his hill Shades
slanting at the close of day _ Chill'd more his else delightful way. Distant a little
mile he spied A western bank's still sunny side, And right toward the favour'd
Ye generous youth who love this studied shade, How rich a field is to your hopes
display'd ! Knowledge to you unlocks the classic page ; And virtue blossoms for a
better age. Oh golden days! oh bright unvalued hours ! What bliss (did yeliut ...
Their various tastes in different arts display'd, ' Like temper'd harmony of light and
shade, With friendly union in one mass shall blend, And this adorn the state, and
that defend, These the sequester'd shade shall cheaply please, With learned ...
... chide of streams, And hum of bees, inviting sleep sincere Into the guiltless
breast, beneath the shade, Or thrown at large amid the fragrant hay ; Nor ought
besides of prospect, grove, or song, Dim grottoes, gleaming lakes, and ,&mntain
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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).