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Slide set: Drink (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 21 slides, 1898)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Intro. with title
Slide 2
She was scarcely more than a girl, it is true, if you measured her life by its years
Slide 3
And she pressed to her bosom, cold home of despair, the form of her slumbering child
Slide 4
Then she bend down her ear and listened awhile for the words that the little one said
Slide 5
She started and opened her bonny blue eyes, and she clung to her mother in fear
Slide 6
Then I thought he was beating you ever so hard and kicking you on the floor
Slide 7
And I'm cold, and my hands are shaking with fear. Pray God he won't beat us to-night
Slide 8
'Oh! 'tis he,' said the child, 'and I know by the way that he's cursing you, mother, he's drunk!'
Slide 9
Steal out at the back, and keep quiet outside and hide yourself down in the shed
Slide 10
'Too late,' said the mother, 'my darling, he's here!' and the father reeled in through the door
Slide 11
The child clasped her hands in a heart-rending way, and she looked in his face with affright
Slide 12
'Do you hear me, I say, if you haven't got beer you may take your farewell of this life'
Slide 13
But his cruel hand smote on and crimsoned her face, and she faltered and fell to the ground
Slide 14
Then the little children went and lay down by the side of the mother and silently wept
Slide 15
'Oh! mother, dear mother!' the little one said, and she spoke very low in her ear
Slide 16
But silent and coldly the mother still lay while the child nestled close to her breast
Slide 17
And with his red hand he uplifted the blind and he looked on the deed he had done
Slide 18
'Jess, Jessie!' said he, and the sleeping child woke with a start at the words he had said
Slide 19
He went from the room, and his visage was white as the face of the victim he'd slain
Slide 20
The Yarra flows silent and softly, and deep for ever and aye o'er its bed
Slide 21
A down-trodden thing on the earth's crowded way with the brand of disgrace on her brow
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1898-1914 (item ref. 1102)

in stock of J. Lizars, 1909 (item ref. 838)

in stock of E.G. Wood, 1912 (item ref. 1862)

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

W. Carleton, ‘Drink’ in Short lantern readings 26 (1898)

Related slide set

see generic title Drink (generic set title – 4 different versions are known)

Lucerna ID  3001371

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 15 January 2018

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