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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To wind up the last scene of thy tragedy, Cruelty and Cowardice, twin ruffians,
hired and set on'by Malice in the dark, shall strike together at all thy infirmities
and mistakes: the best of us, my friend, lie open tljiere,, and trust me — when to
Ask the crowd Which flies impatient from the village-walk To climb the
neighboring cliffs, when far below The cruel winds have hurl'd upon the coast
Some hapless bark ; while sacred pity melts The gen'ral eye, or terror's icy hand
Smites their ...
... safety from the wind , , Or mutual dependence find. 'Tis now the raven's bleak
abode ; 'Tis now th' apartment of the toad ; And their the fox securely feeds ; . And
there the pois'nous adder breeds, Conceal'd in ruins, moss and weeds : While, ...
But when chill blust'ring winds, or driving rain, Forbid my willing feet, be mine the
hut, That from the mountain's side, Views wilds, and swelling floods, And hamlets
brown, and dim-discover'd spires^ And hears their simple bell, and marks o'er ...
BLOW winds, and crack your cheeks ; rage, blow ! You cataracts, and
hurricanoes, ... thy belly full, spit fire, spout rain ! Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are
my daughter*, I tax not you, ye elements, with unkindness ; I-never PATHETIC
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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).