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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DISGUISE thyself as thou wilt, still, Slavery ! still thou art a bitter draught ; and
though thousands in all ages have been made to drink of thee, thou art no less
bitter on that account. It is thou, Liberty, thrice sweet and gracious goddess,
whom all ...
If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would reck; a breath thou art
, Servile to all the skiey influences, That do this habitation, where thou keep'st,
Hourly afflict ; merely thou art death's fool ; For him thou labour's! by thy flight to ...
... privilege to- breathe, And carry up and down this cursed city A discontented
and repining spirit, Burdensome to itself, a few years longer, To lose it, may be at
last, in a lew'd quarrel , For some new friend, treacherous and false as thou art ?
What ! canst thou not forbear me half an hour ? Then get thee gone, and dig my
grave thyself, And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear, That thou art crowned, not
that I am dead. Let all the tears that should bedew my hearse, Be drops of balm ...
As if thou then badst shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love
me. Show me thy thought. ^ iago. My Lord, you know I love you. oth. I think thou
dost : And", for I know, thou art full of love and 378 PATHETIC PIECES. —"-
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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).