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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Godey's Lady's Books

Here's something for embroidery lovers!


Doesn't it look lovely? I found it at this site http://www.history.rochester.edu/godeys/

There are series of Godey's Lady Books,which was one of the most popular lady's books of 19th century.Click each edition and you can see the table of contents.The above pattern is from February 1850 edition.You can view larger size here .Sadly,this is the only embroidery pattern I could find.There are plenty of other things though.

For those who love poetry,there is plenty to read.Here's one of the poems from April 1850 edition.

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
BY BLANCHE BENNAIRDE


OH, give to me a chosen friend;
With whom I may compare
And mingle all my inmost thoughts,
And every pleasure share.

Sometimes, I'd steal away alone
To feast on Learning's page;
Then, Time may fly, I heed him not,
But wish each hour an age.

Yet, give me one true, faithful friend,
Who cares not for my gold,
But loves me with confiding heart,
And is nor bought, nor sold.

I then can go where duty calls;
Can minister to those
On whom Affliction's heavy hand
Hath dealt severest blows.

Or, I can smile and sing with joy,
Where faces all are bright,
And Pleasure sits in regal power,
Dispensing sweet delight.

Then is long life, with one true friend,
A something which I crave;
And thus on earth I'd journey on
With joy, unto the grave.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Touching Deepa !!