Sarah Chapple 1831 by Shakespeare's Peddler
Sarah Chapple stitched her original sampler in 1831 -- I puschased this sampler online in 2012, and I LOVE it. Cherry red, olive greens, and that U-shaped border around the verse! SWOON!
Mine is charted to be stitched in silks: Au Ver a Soie, Needlepoint Silks, Gloriana, and Silk N Colours by The Thread Gatherer. But a DMC conversion is provided. The stitch count is 301 by 407, and I recommend 18th Century Rook, 40 count, by R&R Reproductions, but any grungy sampler fabric would do.
And is it so that to life's journey's end
God still will prove my Father and my Friend
To all my weakness still will bend his ear,
And my most feeble accents deign to hear?
Sweet truth _ the fading flower that blooms today.
May ere to_morrows dawn, have pass'd away.
The grass may wither, and the flower may fade,
Our brightest hopes be wrapp'd in deepest shade,
"But God's own word for ever shall endure,"
It stands to all eternity secure.
Aged 11 Years