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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E'en now, e'en now yonder Western shores Weeps pale Despair, and writhing
anguish roars E'en now in Afric's groves with hideous yell Fierce Slavery stalks,
and slips the dogs of hell ; O From vale to vale the gathering cries rebound, And ...
From vale to vale the gathering cries rebound, And sable nations tremble at the
sound ! , — Ye bands of Senators ! whose suffra Britannia's realms, whom eith^^
Who right themjured^ haye 'tome! hear<, his dread resort> C*~*eience holds his
Not to the skies in useless columns tost, t Or in proud falls magnificently lost, But
clear and artless, pouring through the plain, Health to the sick, and solace to the
swain. , Whose causeway parts the vale with shady rows ? Whose seats the ...
Now, ev'n now, my joys run high, is on the mountain turf I lie ; Vhile the wanton
Zephyr sings, Ind in the vale perfumes his wings ; ftThile the waters murmur deep
; A7hile the shepherd charms his sheep : While the birds unbounded fly, And.
Simplicity in Attic vest, x And Innocence with candid breast, And clear undaunted
eye ; And Hope, who points to distant years, Fair op'ning thro' this vale of tears A
vista to the sky. Their Health, thro' whose calm bosom glide The temperate joys ...
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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).