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 wise man will fear in every thing. He that con- temneth small things, shall fall by
. little and little. ... hath many helpers ;he speak- eth things not to be spoken, and
yet men justify him : the poor man slipt and they rebuked him : he spoke wisely, ...
HI. ON SINCERITY. TRUTH and sincerity have ail the advantages of appearance
and many more. If the shew of any thing be good for any thing, I am sure the
reality is better ; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that which he is
... the easiest task in the world ; because he follows nature,and so is put to no
trouble and care about his words and actions j he needs not invent any pretences
before-hand, nor make excuses afterwards, for any thing he hath, said or done.
On the other hand the cunning crafty man thinks to gain all his ends by the
suaviter in modo only ; he becomes all things to all men ; he stems to have no
opinion of his own, and servilely adopts the present opinion of the present person
; he ...
SAY, what is taste, but the internal pow'rs Active, and strong, and feelingly alive
To each fine impulse ? a discerning sense Of decent and sublime, with quick
disgust From things deform'd, or disarrang'd, or-gross In species ? This nor gems
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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).