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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With such concert as they keep, Entice the dewy-feather'd sleep : And let some
strange mysterious dream, Wave at his wings in airy stream Of lively portraiture
display'd, Softly on my eye-lids laid ; And as I wake sweet music breathe Above, ...
COLLINS. CHAP. XXVI. ODE TO SPRING. SWEET daughter of a rough and
stormy sire, Hoar Winter's blooming child; delightful spring! Whose unshorn locks
with leaves And swelling. buds are crown'd; From the green islands of eternal
Unlock thy copious stores ; those tender shower* That drop their sweetness on
the infant buds, And silent dews that swell The milky ... Sweet is thy reign, but
short ; the red dog-star Shall scorch thy tresses, and the mower's scythe Thy
Good friends, sweet friends, let me not sfir you up To any sudden flood of mutiny.
They that have done this deed are honourable. What -private griefs they have,
alas, I know not, That made them do it ; they ar* wise and honourable ; And will, ...
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).