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Schoolgirl Needlework
1810

"Saviour divine diffuse thy light/To guide my doubtful footsteps right"
The patriotic young embroiderer of this silk and plain-weave linen sampler inscribed it "Adaline Ann Williams Aged 12 Years Done in the 35th Year of the Independence Of The United States Of America July 24th AD 1810." Below this, she embroidered the following poem:

"Beset with snares on every hand
In lifes uncertain path I stand
Saviour divine diffuse thy light
To guide my doubtful footsteps right
Engage this roving treach'rous heart
Great God to chuse the better part
To scorn the trifles of a day
For joys that none can take away."

Notes
About 17" x 15"
Cross, crosslet, and seed stitches
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