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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Scroop and Richard Hotspur and Glendower -Hotspur reading a Letter Henry IV'a
Soliloquy on Sleep Henry IV. and Prince Henry Pope Milton ibid. Addison ibid.
Earl of Essex Venice Preserv'd Earl of Warwick $hakspeare ibid, ibid, ibid, ibid, ...
... an essay on elocution. Enamour'd more, as more resemblance Swells, With
many a proof of recollected love, Together down they sink in .social sleep ;
Together freed their gentle spirits fly To scenes where love and bliss immortal
HENRY IV's SOLILOQUY ON SLEEP. ItOW many thousands of my poorest
subjects Att: at this hour asleep ! 0 gentle Sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I
frighted thee, That thou HO more wilt weigh my eye-lids down, And steep my
senses in ...
... And in the visitation of the winds, 'Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them With deaf'ning clamours in the
slipp'ry shrouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ; Canst thou, 0 partial
But soft ! methinks I scant the morning air ' - Brief let me be : Sleeping within mine
orchard. My custom always in the afternoon^.. Upon my secure hour thy uncle
stole \Vithjuice of cursed ebony in a phial, And in the porches of mine ear did
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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).