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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It is no part of wisdom to be miserable to-day, because we may happen to be so
tomorrow. To mourn without measure is folly ; not to mourn at all insensibility.
Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ;
Time lodg'd in their own hands is Folly's vails ; That lodg'd in Fate's, to Wisdom
they consign ; The thing they can't but purpose, they postpone, 'Tis not in Folly,
not to scorn a fool ; And scarce in human Wisdom to do more. All promise is poor
... proper, and effectual manner, without the assistance of anger, than with it. He
will be dispised and neglected, you say, if he appears to have no resentment.
You should rather say, if he appears to have no sedate wisdom and courage ; for
It will therefore be your wisdom to keep with strict attention what you have gained.
Catching at more, you may lose what you have. We have a proverbial saying in
Scythia, That fortune has no feet, and is furnished only with hands, to distribute ...
Ere the radient sun Sprang from the east, or 'mid the vault of night The moon
suspended her serener lamp ; Ere mountains, woods, or streams adorn'd the
globe, Or wisdom taught the sons of men her lore ; Then liv'd the almighty ONE :
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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).