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Slide set: The bells of Christmas Eve (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 18 slides, 1904)

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Slide 1

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Slide 2
It was Christmas Eve in the smoky North, where the clang of the hammers ring
Slide 3
And there, in a moorside cottage, a dying woman lay
Slide 4
Her child, the fairest, prettiest mite, just on the age of seven
Slide 5
And the little one knelt by the bed of straw, on which her mother lay
Slide 6
Where to go, she knew not; the thought in her baby brain
Slide 7

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Slide 8
Her tiny feet were red with blood as she fell, and scarce could rise
Slide 9
With poor lips, all cracked with cold, she faltered a childish prayer
Slide 10
Her face lights up with a sudden joy at the sound of Christmas bells
Slide 11
She struggled to her feet, and on she pressed, nor paused to stay
Slide 12
From the church upon the moor, there came the sound of praise
Slide 13
But there is one has seen her fall, and kneels down by her side
Slide 14
The light from out the church's door, falls on her drawn, white face
Slide 15
As he sinks on the sod, and cries 'O, God! 'tis Nelly, my child'
Slide 16
Over the moor he strides, through the sweeping sleet and snow
Slide 17
And when they reach the cottage, what sight awaits them there?
Slide 18
And the almost dying mother, came back to life again
Other related organisations

in stock of Scottish Sunday School Union, dates unknown

in stock of Josiah T. Chapman, 1909-1912 (item ref. 1424)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 1063)

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Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

C. King Proctor, ‘The bells of Christmas Eve’ in Short lantern readings 35 (1904)


16 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3002447

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 3 July 2023

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