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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Let earth, unbalanc'd from her orbit fly, Planets and Suns run lawless thro'' the sky
; Let ruling Angels from their spheres be hurl'd, Beinú on Being wreck'd, and
world on world ; Heav'u's whole foundations to their centre nod, And Nature ...
But they the wildest wander from the mark, Who thro* the flow'ry paths of saunt'
ring Joy Seek this coy Goddess ; that from stage to stage Invites us still, but shifts
as we pursue, For, not to name the pains that pleasure brings To counterpoise ...
Need I urge Thy tardy thought thro' ail the various round Of this existence, that thy
soft'ning soul At length may learn what energy the hand- Of Virtue mingles in the
bitter tide Of passion swelling with distress and pain, To mitigate the sharp with ...
Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a summer-day's Long labour, why
forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine gleaming
as thro' amber clouds, O'er all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His rude ...
The great career of justice; to exalt His gen'rous aim to all diviner deeds; To
chase each partial purpose from his breast ; And thro' the mists of passion and of
sense, And thro' the tossing tide of chance and pain, To hold his course unfault'
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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).