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Slide set: The old actor's story (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 26 slides, 1899)

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Slide 1
Intro. with Title
Slide 2
Mine is a wild, strange story -- the strangest you ever heard
Slide 3
(Effect) But I see it again this evening -- I can never shut out the sight
Slide 4
The parson gave us his blessing, and I gave Nelly the ring
Slide 5
We were happy and loved each other, and laughed at the shifts we made
Slide 6
We went on a sailing vessel, and the journey was long and rough
Slide 7
My poor little wife fell ailing, grew worse, and at last so bad
Slide 8
So still I'd to bend and listen for the faintest sign of breath
Slide 9
I knelt in the little cabin, and prayer after prayer I said
Slide 10
Dead! I wouldn't believe it. They forced me away that night
Slide 11
The locked me away from my fellows -- put me in cruel chains
Slide 12
I spent that night with the irons heavy upon my wrists
Slide 13
I heard the cry, 'Ship a-fire!' caught up by a hundred throats
Slide 14
I beat at the door and shouted, but never a sound came back
Slide 15
I dashed at the door in fury, shrieking, 'I will not die!'
Slide 16
I fought my way to the cabin, choked with the burning breath
Slide 17
O, was there mercy in heaven -- was there a God in the skies?
Slide 18
I cursed like a madman raving -- I cried to her 'Nell! my Nell!'
Slide 19
I clutched at her -- roused her shrieking --the stupor was on her still
Slide 20
God knows how I did it, but blindly I fought through the flames and the wreck
Slide 21
We'd a moment of life together -- a moment of life, the time
Slide 22
When a shout came over the water, and I looked, and lo, there lay
Slide 23
They had seen our forms on the vessel, as the flames lit up the sky
Slide 24
I shouted a prayer to heaven, then called to my wife and she
Slide 25
Tore with new strength at my fetters -- God helped her, and I was free
Slide 26**
Did they save us? Well, here I am, sir, and yonder's my dear old wife
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1899-1914 (item ref. 1171)

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 884)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 1247)

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

George R. Sims, ‘The old actor's story’ in The land of gold and other poems (1888)

Related slide set

see also An old settler's story (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 26 slides, 1900)


This set used the same images as An old settler's story.


26 slides known to exist in private collection

Subject keyword
SIMS, George R.  (1847-1922)
Lucerna ID  3001438

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 8 March 2024

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