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,
" 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.