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Group Title: Artistic series
Title: Nellie's prayer
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082532/00001
 Material Information
Title: Nellie's prayer
Series Title: Artistic series
Physical Description: 24 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Sims, George Robert, 1847-1922
Grey, J. Willis ( Illustrator )
Raphael Tuck & Sons ( Publisher )
Fine Art Works ( Printer )
London Studios
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons
Place of Publication: London ;
Paris ;
New York
Publication Date: [1893?] and printed at the Fine Art Works in Germany
Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children of military personnel -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children and death -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Miracles -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Prayer -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Family -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Soldiers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1893
Genre: poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
France -- Paris
United States -- New York -- New York
Statement of Responsibility: by George R. Sims ; illustrated by J. Willis Grey.
General Note: Illustrations printed in sepia.
General Note: Date of publication from inscription.
General Note: Designed at the London Studios--t.p. verso.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00082532
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002224895
notis - ALG5167
oclc - 214285117

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LONDon, P- p\I & S EW yO0K



LroucoLt n ^ HHeI

l1: 1r > L u n-,e
L4 r-I i t rl s

w eat I

e\ 1A t e
r\etgtxbo urs
o Whispered under tkeir breat.,
And one Aood motherly creature,
5eeimxg m\y Nell at play,
>Stooped down, witIr\ Ier eyelids streaLmin ,
,Ar\d kissed ker and turned away.

kr]ew that my iell was anr orphanr-
A-\d I was a widowed wie,
Tkat a soldier for Queen ar\d country
Had bravely Aivern kis l ife
Tkat out or tke field of battle,
Under tke far-off skies,
He had thought of kis absent dear ones
WVtkf the film of deatk or\ kis eyes

t was tkere
ir\ t.e eveCrt _
a- e er,

Was arr\or\

SWe 6ad
won a
lor0 ious
battle ,

Ther\ tkey
courted te dead arNd
A rd four\d h; aron ,\

O God! kad I knowi,
wbe\r we parted
We were never to
meet agair !

IICoulc't- believe thoe story
I couldr\t believe tkat ke,
\1y d ar11r\

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\I r\ Igk

a rx cl n-\o r n i r\
I 6ad passedd lorT\A rni\ts or\ T\ry krxees
Prayirx tfkt God MwouLJ br\irs t r
.Back to rf~e over tke seas.

it all camr\e back like a vision,
I could hear tlhe band
as it played
W/en tke regiment marked
to tke station,
And tke noise tkat tKe
people made
As tkey shouted "Good luck" to te soldiers
Anid save tkem. ltkree ringinr\ cheers,
Wkile tke women with asken faces,
.Walked by the side
in Tears.

\\. walked by
kis side
tkat mrorr\ninr\g,
And Nellie
was quite
S Witk tke
band and
the crowd
and tk e
c chee rin _
My Nellie
was only
ei kt.

bk e never tKou9kt of
jIke dl-\. c
He kad tr ic' t

Aad told h.:, r..
take cacre a

oth9,. V
S. .. ..
lHe wouldi'T
be 1o0

Saidj to .er, softly, tKis

Nellie, my pet, at bed tim-e,
Whlen you kneel at your mothers knee
To pray to tke God wko loves us
5 ay a wee prayer for rr\e
1 skall tkil\k of you in tke twiligkt,
When tke stars come out alove,
And fancy I see you kneelin
Wtitk your blue eye full of love ,
1rea[kiin my name to Heaven
And 4i, as tke good foiks sayw
God bears tke prayers of tke children,
IMe 11

ie '11 guardr me, ai\d brirn me safely
Back, little Nell, to you
IKere s rm a r\y a danger, darling ,
lie'll ave to kelp m\e tkhougk.
Ar\d tke c\ild looked up at \er Fatker,
S Ke tears in rer pretty eyes,
lrere was sorm\et\ing of shame ir\ ker rriar\r\ep-
-omelkinr\ of sad surprise

l.uru eedit have asked nre daddy,
I always do tIha!K" sKe saij
"Dor \t Ipray For you anr\d for r\am-\nmy
At \igk-t wker- I go to bed i
God loves tle little cbkild-re\,,
Arld answers tHleir prayers tkIey say.,
rn\ sure Hrat you'll corr\e back safely,
11 ask in my prayers t\at you mnay.

Ius aony a n\or\ti\ sir\ce tkey started.
We tourkt er\ tke reinx-er\.tvent,
\aIT lorx ere t\e troops were lanrded
0ke force of ltke War Would be speN\t.

I f I .t-,-
Ar\d ..1 i -X
c U ''. uI' iS;

a d s o ,.... _

w ared IB

Vi\ey took little Nellie from~ mre,
Took Ver away for a wrile-,
How could I -ear
.-.. .,'. prattle,
:1. A,-\ -.. ,atct ler
S-e sr sr\ile
u Ir e co r\Ite d
H-,. days till

the foreignr

How could
I tell Jmy
dia ri n\
be would see 1 1S face nr\o more

was left alor\e with my sorrow_
Alor\e ir- m y little room\,
I/ere tlie eveningr, scadows deepened
lVto tle twilight ~loonN.
I leard tke words tkey uttered,
I kad seer Is r\amre or\ tke listj
But I sat ard peered tlrou.g the darkness
As a sailor peers throu~gk tke mist.

I sat like a sleeper doubtirxg
If ske dreams or is wide awake,
T1il tk\e trutk came or r\e fiercely,
Ad I tkougkt thlat my Veart would break.
sI sat in tke deepening i loamingr
Tke c\ild came back agai. ,
Ar\d I picked her up ar\d kissed ker
While nmy tears rar, dowir like rair.
Sy are you crying, rnamny ?
I only Ikool n

I wkispered "
Kss ry- e, ar\d
O .to bed.)
"t re saV
my brayefs "
rr\ ammy_ n\
Villa you rear
rr\e say
tkerm n\ow\
,5e prayed
for ker abser,
Slisten\ed, but
God knows I,.:,..

to tk.z
Lord to. :
r 1 rg n-,;
a~fe a rl
sour-da &rflJ
B alckfr.: ri-

Tloe 0 If
To MOtk.,I,
arxcl little AcN1-IL

faitt\c I'
ly 1r\~

r\ tket far-ofjf couri\ry dead
IN 0 W, atker's -safe till To-in\orro\,/')
3ke wl7 ispered, arxd \er\t lo Led.

i a.nr't tke Keart to otell ker,
50 r\igkt after Igkyt
ke prayed,
ust as ske prorr\Ised
ker fatker
W e r\ tle last good -bye
We bade.
But tke prayer eas
S a, cruel danger
Ime as I sat ar\d -eard,
Ard rty Veart was
otakbbd to bleediQr
W7ii eVery ckildisk\ word.

oa Weary nontK weit over,
Tii at last my r\erves ave N/&y
ARd I told ker to stop one eVenrni
As se carr\e to my kr.\
to Pra:y.
My railrA was turrF\ed
;t1 .sorrovw,
I Nas wicked, ar-d
weaI4 ar\d wild
T speak as I spoke
tkat ever'ir\,
And slock tie faith
of a cVild.

L~e hkeard Wvat I said., kern, sobbi
Broke from my kree arict jied
Up to Ver roorr\, ar\l I eard 1V\er

Ske prayed ir\ ker ckildcisk faskior\,
But ker Words Were choked witk tears
I kad told ler it wasr\t always
God tke prayer of tle children kears.

SIke prayed tkat ker absent father
MiNkt come back safe and Well,
From,, the perils
o 1 .. ... .....

Jo ,m i l. .

little I ,NI ,l

ere E". c r

Was jir. 1 3 k.
Tke o ..'. 5 0 C.4*S'A
opera ,c ... -
A d my darling rused towards me
IVky darlinA wkho kad died

tr\,e c r,
l~a~l~ c\ 1 \ te j

We 0 l- t J imear ket

0 J f. 1 r 1 s

WSje knew what tke miracle me a rj
T xereld keer-\ a mistake in, ti-xe bodies,
yAr-cd the r\ews to tke Wrong wife ser.

jliere were two of is nan-\e ir\ tk\e re9inmernt
The otker was killed aird wker\
It came to nmaki r\ tke list out
An error Was made ii\ tke mer\.
Yet I think as I clasp my darling,
Would ke still be here to-day
Mad I skhaken Nell5 simple teivet,
,-od listens wkher children pray."

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