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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By others faults, wise men correct their own. No man hath a thorough taste of
prosperity, to whom adversity never happened. When our vices leave us, we
flatter ourselves that we leave them. It is as great a point of wisdom to hide
The lips of talkers witt be felling such things as pertain not unto them ; but the
words of such as have understanding are weighed in the talaflce. The heart of
fools is in their mouth, but the tpngue of the wise is in their heart. .;.,f vj i/-i i^H-i..i' i.
The wise man (who differs as much from the cunning, as from the choleric man)
alone joins the suaviter in modo with ihe fortitcr in re. If you are in authority, and
hav a right to command, your coirrnands delivered suaviter in modo will be stil- ...
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 ...
He, mighty Parent, wise and just in all, Free as the vital breeze or light of heav'n,
Reveals the charms of nature. Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a
summer-day's Long labour, why forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to
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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).