The Rosary (Bamforth series 4845)

"The Rosary" was a set of three hand-coloured postcards published by Bamforth & Co. Ltd. of Holmfirth.

The text was based on the song "The Rosary"[1], composed by Ethelbert Nevin[2] in 1898 to text by Robert Cameron Rogers.

The postcards were published as series number 4845. Postcards of the same name were published as series numbers 4716, 4741, 4756, 4777, 4786, 4803, 4855, 4878, and 4984.

The Rosary (1/3)

The hours I spent with thee, dear heart,
Are as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over, every one apart,
My rosary: My rosary.

The Rosary (2/3)

Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,
To still a heart in absence wrung—
I tell each bead unto the end,
And there a cross is hung.

The Rosary (3/3)

O memories that bless and burn!
O barren gain and bitter loss!
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
To kiss the cross, sweetheart, to kiss the cross.


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