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History of the First Universalist Church in Somerville, Mass. Illustrated; a souvenir of the fiftieth anniversary celebrated February 15-21, 1904 2 0 Browse Search
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the hoisting into the tower, cost $848.84. The clock complete, $500. Necessary repairs of the tower, $369.67. The total, $1,718.51. The remainder of the bequest was applied toward the payment of the debt of the society. The celebration of this event took the form of an excellent supper and entertainment, which were enjoyed by a large gathering. After supper the company assembled in the church, where a musical and literary programme was presented. It opened with a piano solo by Miss Emma Taylor, which was followed by the reading of these original verses, by Mrs. Nancy Thorning Munroe, entitled The Clock and the Bell:— Silent for years stood the steeple tower, It never summoned to prayer, Nor told the years of the sainted dead, Nor greeted the bridal pair. The hours went by, but it gave no sign, Of their flight no record kept; It never startled the watcher's ear, Nor awakened those who slept. The people gathered for prayer and praise, Though no bell swung in the tower; And gre