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Slide set: The edelweiss gatherer (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 15 slides, 1893)

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Slide 1
A flower of wondrous beauty blooms in the Alpine mounts, / On rocky cliff, 'mid snow and ice, near never resting founts
Slide 2
And many a lady fair had offered gold in vain / To tempt her guide to risk his life the lovely flower to gain
Slide 3
But Carl Anspach was fearless, and when he heard of the boon, / He vowed he would pluck the floweret before the morrow noon
Slide 4
While thus in thought, Annette came forth from out her father's door, / 'What, Carl!' she said, 'Art joyful then?' Why, what in fairy lore
Slide 5
It gleamed upon the Edelweiss, and Carl who all alone / Had dared the dreadful avalanche, had scaled the snow-clad cone
Slide 6
The sun shone on another form scaling the ice-clad steep: / It was Annette! for dreams had come forbidding her to sleep
Slide 7
For in a dream she thought she stood upon the awful height, / With Carl suspended down below, in the early morning light
Slide 8
The rope was fastened to a rock. Oh horror! at the edge / Its strands were nearly cut in twain by the cruel rock ledge
Slide 9
She woke, she dressed, she rushed without, regardless of the cold / For Carl Ansprach would lose his life in gaining her the gold
Slide 10
For she saw the swinging, straining rope, she saw the parting strands, / She saw, oh, horror! saw him fall! unhelped by human hand
Slide 11
She reached the top! she ran! O, God! she seized the parting rope, / Her dream was true! 'twas almost through! yet angels bade her hope
Slide 12
'Ten golden pounds! that is your worth! a gold piece every bud! / 'Twill please Annette when I give -- What's this? A spot of blood!
Slide 13
Who calls? who calls Carl? and why should I be quick? I can see -- / Why, what is this? a woman's head? Annette's? it cannot be!
Slide 14
This misty sun is dazzling! it is fancy without doubt, / Again that cry! did some one say, 'My wrists are giving out' '
Slide 15
Upwards he climbed, he gained the cliff, he kissed the bleeding wrists, / But nevermore seeks Edelweiss among the mountain mists
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 605)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

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drawing / painting / print
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

Ashmore Russan, ‘The edelweiss gatherer’ in Onward reciter 226 (July 1890)


11 slides known to exist in private collection

5 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3000918

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 18 May 2024

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