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 liar begins with making falshood appear like truth, and ends with making truth
itself appear like falshood. Virtue should be considered as a part of taste ; and we
» . should as mu<& avoid decsit, or sincster meanings in discourse, .0 SELECT ...
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
ing jealousy and suspicion, so that he k not believed when he speaks truth, nor
trusted when perhaps he means honestly. When a man hatU once forfeited the
reputation of his integrity, nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor ...
... 1 will dwell with tbee. COLLINS. CHAP. XIV. ODE TO TRUTH. SAY, will no
white-rob'd Son of Light, Swift darting from his heav'nly height, Here deign to take
his hallow'd stand ; Here wave DESCRIPTIVE PIECES. 261 Ode to Truth, Mason.
And I can teach thee, coz, to shame the devil, By telling truth ; Tell truth and
shame the devil. Jf thou hast pow'r to raise him, bring him hither. And I'll be sworn
I've power to shame him hence. Oh, while you live, Tell truth and shame, the devil
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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).