Mary Bathe Circa 1831


This sampler has so many intriguing combinations of verse and pictorial stitching. A great "Messiah House" sits front and center surrounded by a four sided arcaded flower and leaf border. The house is accented by butterflies, trees and flower baskets. The verse is highlighted by angels, birds, deer, squirrel, and a dog.

The verse titled "Messiah" is an actual excerpt from Alexander Pope's poem "Messiah: A Sacred Eclogue". Alexander Pope was an 18th century English poet (1688-1744) best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. Pope's use of the heroic couplet is famous, as well as his Essay on Criticism published in 1711.

Hark! A glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
Prepare the way! A God, a God appears.
A God, a God! The vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim the approaching Deity.
Lo! Earth receives him from the bending skies
Sink down ye mountains, and ye valleys rise
With heads declined ye cedars homage pay
Be smooth ye rocks, ye rapid floods give way
The Saviour comes by antient Bards foretold:
Hear him ye deaf, and all ye blind behold
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day.
Tis he the obstructed paths of sound shall clear
And bid new music charm the unfolding ear.

Stitched on 35 ct lamb's wool, the reproduction will closely match the original size 17 X 13. Stitches used are: cross, long, and tent. This sampler is recommended for any skill level. The original sampler is in the collection of Historic Handworkes.