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Date Made/Found: 1817
Dimensions: Overall: 540 x 410mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1966.813
This sampler was embroidered by Mary Cocker when she was 15 years old, probably around 1817. It shows Sheffield’s Royal Infirmary in the centre, and in the foreground on the grass a woman, a dog, and a man leaning on a stick. The embroidered text reads: "If Jesus be ours, We have a true friend, Whose goodness endures, The same to the end, Our comforts may vary, Our frames may decline, We cannot miscarry, Our aid is divine. Tho' God may delay, To shew us his light, And heaviness may, Endure for a night, Yet joy in the morning, Shall surely abound, No shadow of turning, In Jesus is found. Mary Cockers work. Aged 15 years 181[7]". When Mary created the sampler, she lived nearby on Bedford Street, and the hospital was called the Sheffield General Infirmary. It was opened in 1792, and today the original surviving block is a Grade II* listed building.
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