The Old Sampler

May 25, 2010

“Faded the square of canvas,/And dim is the silken thread,/But I think of white hands dimpled,/And a childish, sunny head;/For here in cross and in tent stitch,/In wreath of berry and vine,/She worked it a hundred years ago,/ELIZABETH, AGED NINE.”–excerpt from The Old Sampler written by Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, a poet, author and editor. It was published in McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader in 1879.

Photo courtesy of McGuffey’s Fifth Eclectic Reader. To read the entire poem search Google Books with the following terms: the old sampler mcguffey fifth eclectic reader.

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