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Unframed sampler with nine iterations of the alphabet, two verses, two urns of flowers and two baskets of fruit; separated by red horizontal bands; yellow oval at bottom with maker's name and date inside, "Mary Perrin May/February 1825."
"Let it now be a rule of your life to look up to God in all your actions to do every thing in / his fear to abstain from every thing that is not according to his will"
"As some fair violet lovliest of the glade / Sheds is mild fragrance on the lonely shade / Withdraws its modest head from public sight / Nor courts the sun nor seeks the glare of light / So Woman born to dignify retreat / Unknown to flourish and unseen be great / To give domestic life its sweetest charm / With softness polish and with virtue warm / Fearful of fame unwilling to be known / Should seek but heavens applauses and her own"
Original To Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
May, Mary Perrin, 1815-1877 (Embroiderer)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman