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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Sheep grazed the field ; some with soft bosom pressM The herb as soft, while
nibbling stray'd the rest ; Nor noise was heard but of the hasty brook, Struggling,
detain'd in many a pretty nook. All seem'd so peaceful, that from them convey'd
Forc'd by soft violence of pray'r, The blithsome goddess sooths my care;., I feel
the deity inspire, And thus she models my desirt. Two hundred pounds half-yearly
paid, Annuity securely made, A farm some twenty miles from town, Small, tight, ...
... Thy meek regard, thy matron grace, And Chaste subdu'd delight. No more by
vaiying passions beat, O gently guide my pilgrim feet To find thy hermit cell ;
Where in some pure and equal skjr, Beneath thy soft indulgent eye The modest
'Where in some pure and equal sky Beneath thy soft indulgent eye The modest
virtues dwell. Simplicity in Attic vest, x And Innocence with candid breast, And
clear undaunted eye ; And Hope, who points to distant years, Fair op'ning thro'
Hark ! the numbers soft and clear, Gently steal upon the ear ; Now louder and yet
louder rise, And fill with spreading sounds the skies ; Exulting in triumph now
swell the bold notes, ID broken air trembling, the wild music floats Till, by degrees
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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).