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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A- GOOD Articulation consists in : giving a dear and full utterance to the several
simple and complex sounds. The nature of these sounds, therefore, ought to be
well understood j and much pains should be taken 4o discover and correct those
Some sentences are so constructed, that the last word requires a stronger
emphasis than any of the preceding ; whilst others admit of being closed with a
soft and gentle sound. Where there is nothing in the sense which requires the last
Be it Dapple's bray, Or be it not, or be it whose it may, And rush those other
sounds, that seem by tongues Of Daemons ... that the silly sheep had found Such
cause of terror in an empty sound, So sweet to huntsman, gentleman, and hound.
Let the loud trumpet sound, Till the roofs all around The shrill echoes rebound:
While in more lengthen'd notes and slow ... Now louder and yet louder rise, And
fill with spreading sounds the skies ; Exulting in triumph now swell the bold notes,
The praise of Bacchus then, the sweet musician sung ; Of Bacchus ever fair, and
ever young : The jolly god in triumph comes ; Sound the trumpets, beat the drums
; Flush'd with a purple grace He shews his honest face. Now give the hautboys ...
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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).