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Slide set: The gift (song: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1901)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1
Introduction, with Title
Slide 2
A mother was watching on Xmas night, rocking her babe by candle light
Slide 3
And she lifted her eyes in the gathering gloom, for the Christ child stood in her lowly room
Slide 4
'What shall I give to thy child?' he said, softly caressing the sleeper's head
Slide 5
'Nay,' said the mother, 'O angel guest, give her whatever thou deemest best!'
Slide 6
'What shall I give her, O mother mild? ask what thou wilt for thy little child'
Slide 7
'Shall I kiss her brow that her eyes may shine with a beauty that men will call divine?'
Slide 8
'Nay,' said the mother, 'that will not stay, songs are forgotten, and hair turns grey'
Slide 9
'But what shall I give her?' he said again, 'ask and thou shalt not ask in vain'
Slide 10
And the mother lifted her eyes above, 'give her purity, truth, and love!'
Slide 11
The Christ child said to her, soft and mild, 'thou hast chosen the best for thy little child'
Slide 12
'Be not afraid, tho' life be sore, I shall be with her for evermore'
Other related organisation

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1905-1914 (item ref. 1424)

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

Fred Weatherly and A.H. Behrend, The gift (London: Boosey & Co., 1895)

Related slide set

see generic title The gift (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)


12 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3001691

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 23 November 2016

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