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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THE young Tobias was his father's joy ; He train'd him, as he thought, to deeds of
praise, He taught him virtue, and he taught him truth, And sent him early to a
public school. Here as it seem'd (but he had none to blame) Virtue forsook him,
ON VIRTUE. KNOW thott this truth (enough for man to know) ft Virtue alone is
happiness below." The only point where human bliss stands stil!. And tastes the
good without he fall to ill ; Where only Merit constant pay receives, Is blest in what
Of Heav'n's eternal destiny to man, For ever just, benevolent and wise : That
Virtue's awful steps, howe'er pursued By vexing Fortune and intrusive Pain,
Should never be divided from her chaste, Her fair attendant, Pleasure. Need I
urge Thy ...
VIRTUE OUR HIGHEST INTEREST. 1 FIND myself existing upon a little spot,
surrounded every way by an immense unknown expansion.— Where am I ?
What sort of place do I inhabit ? Is it exactly ac- commodated, in every instance, to
VIRTUE is of intrinsic value and good desert, and of indispensable obligation ;
net the creature of will, but necessary and immutable : not local or temporary, but
of equal extent and antiquity with the Divine Mind; not a mode of sensation, but ...
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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).