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Slide set: Excelsior (song: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1899)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Intro. with Title
Slide 2**
The shades of night were falling fast, / As through an Alpine village passed
Slide 3**
His brow was sad, his eye beneath / Flashed like a falchion from its sheath
Slide 4**
Above the spectral glaciers shone, / And from his lips escaped a groan
Slide 5**
'Try not the pass,' the old man said. / Dark lowers the tempest overhead
Slide 6**
'O stay! O stay!' the maiden said, / 'Rest thy weary head upon this breast'
Slide 7**
'Beware the pine tree's withered branch,' / 'Beware the awful avalanche'
Slide 8
At the break of day, as heaven-ward / The pious monks of San Bernard
Slide 9**
A voice cried through the startled air / 'Excelsior! Excelsior!'
Slide 10**
A traveller by the faithful hound / Half buried in the snow was found
Slide 11**
There in the twilight cold and grey, / Lifeless but beautiful he lay
Slide 12**
And from the sky severe and far / A voice fell like a falling star. 'Excelsior! Excelsior!'
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisation

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Michael Balfe, ‘Excelsior’ in Short lantern readings 28 (1899)

Related slide set

see generic title Excelsior (generic set title – 3 different versions are known)


11 slides known to exist in private collection

12 slides known to exist in private collection

12 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3002262

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 14 March 2024

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