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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MANY by Numbers judge a Poet's song ; And smooth or rough, with them, is right
or wrong i In the bright Muse tho* thousand charms conspire, Her voke is all
these tuneful fools admire ; Who haunt Parnassus but to please their ear, .
Thee, chauntress, oft the woods among, -_i I woo to hear thy evening song : And
missing thee, I walk unseen Oh the dry smooth-shaven green, To behold the
waud'ring moon, Riding near her highest noon, Like one that had been led astray
"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 thro
' the tepid gleams Deep musing, then he best exerts his song. Even Winter wild to
How sweet the song Day's harbinger attunes ! I have not heard Such elegant
divisions drawn from art. And what is he that wins pur admiration ? A little speck
that floats upon the sun-beam. What vast perfection cannot nature crowd Into a
... thou fail's/ Moon that now meets the orient sun, now fly'st With the fix'd stars
fiVd in their orb that flies ; And ye fiVe other wand'ring fires, that move In mystic
dance not without song, resound His praise, who out of darkness, call'd up light.
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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).