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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Oh ! it offends me to the soul, to hear a robusteous periwig-pated fellow tear a
passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings ; who (for the
most part) are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shew and noise : I could
This nor gems, nor stores of gold, Nor purple state, nor culture can bestow ; But
God alone, when first his active hand Imprints the sacred bias of the soul. He,
mighty Parent, wise and just in all, Free as the vital breeze or light of heav'n,
ON THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL. AMONG other excellent argumenti for the
immortality of the soul, there is one drawn from the perpetual progress of the soul
to its perfection, without a possibility of ever arriving at it ; which is a bint that I ...
to carry a .great wpV- "~ "• rtow can ll enter into the tho-g^1** 01 man* tnat the
soul, which is capable of 8u/a immense perfections, and of receiving new
improvements to all eternity, shall fall away into nothing almost as soon as it is
To look upon the soul as going on from strength to strength, to consider that she
is to shine for ever with new accessions of glory, and brighten to all eternity ; that
she will be still adding virtue to virtue, and knowledge to knowledge ...
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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).