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Roses Bouquet embroidery design

Roses Bouquet

Mary Wakeling's sampler, dated 1742,
bears some doggerel lines, the theme being
that "poor wretched life's short portion flies
away." Ann Woodgate, in 1794, after de-
scribing the inevitable withering of flowers,
concludes that

" Such and so withering are our early joys,
Which time or sickness speedily destroys."

The quotations are sometimes more hap-
pily chosen. Extracts from hymns and from
metrical versions of the Psalms are met with,
besides the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Com-
mandments, the Creed, and quotations from
different books of the Bible.

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