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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They gather'd close around the old pit's brink, And thought again — but knew not
what to think. The man to solitude accuslom'd long, Perceives in ev'ry thing that
lives, a tongue ; Not animals alone, but shrubs and trees, Have speech for him, ...
I MENTIONED to you, some time ago, a sentence, which I would most earnestly
wish you always to retain in your thoughts, and observe in your conduct ; it is su-
aviter in modo, fortiter in re. I do not know any one rule so unexceptionably useful
... a slave, she thought life no longer to be endured. Lucretia, a woman, disdained
a life that depended on a tyrant's will ; and shall we, shail men, with such an
example before our eyes, and after BOOK V • N i , * ORATIONS AND
Perfect esteem, enliven'd by desire Ineffable, and sympathy of soul ; Thought
meeting thought, and will preventing will, With boundless confidence ; for nought
but love Can answer love, and render bliss secure. Let him, ungenerous, who, ...
When I gave hiği the toast, continued the corporal, I thought it was proper to tell
him I was captain Shandy's servant, and that your honour (though a stranger)
was extremely concerned for his father ; And that if there was any thing in your
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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).