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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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, ... Happy thou art not ;
For what thou hast not, btiil thou striv'st to get ; And what thou hast, forgett'st.
For thy complexion shifts to strange effects, A*fter the moon. If thou art rich, thou'rt
poor j' For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, Thou bear'st thy heavy riche
» but a journey, And death unloadeth thee. Friend thou hast none; For thy own ...
Thou hast left this matter short, said my uncle Toby to the corporal, as he was
putting him to bed, - and I will tell tliee in what, Trim, - -In the first place, when thou
madest an offer of my services to Le Fevre, — as s ckness and travelling are both
Hast thou not wrong'd me ? dar'st thou call thyself That once lov'd valu'd friend of
mine, And swear thou hast not wrong'd me ? Whence these " chains ? Whence
the vile death, which I may meet this moment ? Whence ;his dishonour, but from ...
Thou seek'st the greatness that will overwhelm thee. Stay but a little ; for my cloud
of dignity Js held from falling with so weak a wind, That it will quickly drop ; my
day is dim. Thou hast stol'n that, which after some few hours, Were thine without ...
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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).