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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As he is absent, I take upon me to tell you in his name, that no praise is lasting,
but what is rational ; and that you do what you can to lessen his glory, instead of
adding to it. Heroes have never, among us, been deified, till after their death.
... Ne'er echoing with the woodman's stroke, Where never human heart appear'd,
Nor e'en one straw roof'd cot was rear'd, Where Nature seems to sit alone,
Majestic on a craggy throne ; Tell me the path, sweet wand'rer, tell, To thy
You will tell him, however, that the person his good-nature has laid under
obligation to him, is one Le Fevre, a lieutenant in Angus's — but he knows me not
, said he, a second time ; musing ; possibly he rcay my story added he, pray tell
1 have observ'd of late thy looks are fall'n, O'ercast with gloomy cares and
discontent ; Then tell me, Syphax, 1 conjure thee tell me, 'What are the thoughts
that knit thy brow in- frowns, And 'turn thine eyes thus ctlldly on thy .prince ?
The very beadsmen leatn to bend their bows Of double fatal yew against thy state
: « Yea, distaff women manage rusty bills. Against thy seat both young and old
rebel, And all goes worse than I have pow'r to tell. K Rich. Too well, too well, thou
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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).