Susanna Parker 1761
This mid eighteenth century English band sampler features rows of alphabets, vowels, numerals, pattern bands, verses and crowns, executed in cross, petit point, eyelet and counted satin stitches. The first verse is a quotation from a poem by John Dryden (1631-1700) found not infrequently on other samplers of this period:
Fragrant the Rose is but it fades in time. The violet
sweet but quickly past the Prime. White Lillies hang
Their Heads and soon decay and whiter snows in Minutes
melt away. Such and so withring are our early joys
Which Time or sickness speedily destroys.
The second verse:
Death at a Distance we but slightly fear
He brings his Terrors as he draws more near
Through Poverty, Pain, Slav’ry, we drudge on
The worst of Beings better please than none
No Price too dear to purchase Life and Breath
The heaviest Burthens easier than Death.
On 35 count linen, the finished sampler will measure approximately 10″x 18″. It is recommended for any level of skill.