>I stumbled across an early piece of needlework in the stacks a week or so ago. It is a sampler (very faded) which was done by Amey Ann Tillinghast (1796-1868), who married into the Arnold family. Stitched into the bottom (not shown because of its size) is the following verse:
Dearer yet than that of love;
Love but lasts a transient season,
Friendship makes the bliss above.
Who would lose the secret pleasure,
Felt when soul with soul unites;
Other blessings have their measure,
Friendship without bound delights.