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Slide set: The village blacksmith (recitation: Bamforth & Co., 12 slides, 1891)

Descriptive data for this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Title: 'The Village Blacksmith,' with smithy, &c, by moonlight
Slide 2**
Under a spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands
Slide 3**
Week in, week out, from morn till night you can hear his bellows blow
Slide 3a
Like a sexton ringing the village bell when the evening sun is low
Slide 4**
And children coming home from school look in at the open door
Slide 5**
He goes on Sunday to the church and sits among his boys
Slide 6**
He hears his daughter's voice, singing in the village choir
Slide 7**
And it makes his heart rejoice
Slide 7a**
Effect. It sounds to him like her mother's voice singing in Paradise!
Slide 8**
Effect. He needs must think of her once more how in the grave she lies
Slide 9**
Toiling -- rejoining -- sorrowing onward through life he goes
Slide 10
Something attempted, something done has earned a night's repose
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1891-1914 (item ref. 381)

in stock of UK Band of Hope Union, 1891

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 55)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 450)

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ‘The village blacksmith’ in several compilations

Related slide set

see generic title The village blacksmith (generic set title – 9 different versions are known)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slide 6

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slides 7-8


12 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3001966

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 4 May 2024

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