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... while you are speaking ; let all the consonant sounds be expressed with a full
impulse or percussion of the breath , and , a forcible action of the orgáns
employed in forming them ; and let all the vowel sounds have a full and bold
ONE of the worst faults a speaker can have is to make no other pauses than what
he finds barely necessary for breathing . I know of nothing that such a speaker
can so properly be compared to , as an alarum - bell , which , when once set a ...
Tis slander ; Whose edge is sharper than the sword ; whose tongue Outvenoms
all the worms of Nile ; whose breath Rides on the posting winds , and doth belie
All corners of the world . ' Kings , queens ; and states , Maids , matrons , nay the ...
... came on not quite so fast , And destiny , that sometimes bears An aspect stern
on mau's affairs , Not altogether smil'd on theirs . The wind , of late breath'd gently
forth , Now shifted east and east by north ; Bare trees and shrubs but ill , you ...
Yet now , the time arrives , the dangerous time , When all those Virtues , opening
now so fair , Transplanted to the world's tempestuous clime , Must learn each
passion's boist'rous breath to bear . There if Ambition , pestilent and pale , Or
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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).