This sampler by Elizabeth Part was once amongst Anne Sebba's collection. Anne was the author of 'Samplers, Five Centuries of a Gentle Art'. Elizabeth sewed it when she was just 9 years old, in 1803, using cross stítch on a fairly closely tabby woven cloth, which would have made the counting of the threads quite a challenge - but she took extreme care, especially as it is composed almost entirely of writing, with a small selection trom the standard sampler motifs embroidered down each side.
"My tender parents doth me Learning give
If Fortune frowns by that I hope to Live
I will for Grace to my Redeemer pray
That I my Carefull parents may Obey.
For thus experience bids us learn
From what we see or find
To take the good that we discern
And leave the bad behind
With pity we those faults should see
Which most we ought to shun
And yet be cautious too lest we
By them should be undone
Tis by degrees to ill we fall
And slowly those begin
With whom great faults succeed to small
Few rush at once to sin
Jest not with crimes offences fear
From wild companions fly
Be wise be good you'll prosper here and rise to bliss on high.
Go humble Lines and plead in my defence
Arm your Request with my Obedience
Gain but acceptance my Joy will abound
To find my Marking with your likeing crownd"
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