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10.25" x 2" Sentimental Victorian print titled "Only A Little Brook" copyright George Stinson & Co. 1879. Published by George Stinson & Co. Portland Maine. Lithograph pirnt on thin off-white paper depicting a dark haired mother cradling a small blond child who is wrapped in blankets and pointing up at a small group of cherubs waiting to take her to heaven. The mother wears a full red robe with blue trim over a white ruffled layer. To the left of the two is a window looking out onto a shoreline. An open Bible sits on the window sill. To their right is a table with a red table cloth bearing flowers and grapes. A poem appears along the bottom with the title of the print:
"Only a Little Brook / A dying child feared the River of Death but while passing over, whispered 'It's only a little brook after all.' / Dear Mother, I tremble to think I must die / It is lonely and sad in the dark grave to lie / Could you but go with me, I know that your hand / Would guide me through the gloom of Death's shadowy land. / This deep, endless river! I shrink as I fell / Its darkness and mystery over me steal / I fear its wild waves will my soul overwhelm / Ere I reach the far shore of the heavenly realm / But what is this music that falls on my ear / Enchanting m senses dispelling my fear / Oh the angels are with me, I am not alone, They're bearing me safe to my dear Father's home / The playmates I loved who have gone on before / Are waiting for me on yon beautiful shore, / Jesus beckons me to him - I follow his call - / It is only a little brook, after all."
|Title||"Only a Little Brook"|