Love would make them dearer still,

That offers them to thee.

My wreathed flowers are few,
Yet no fairer drink the dew,

My bonny Mary Lee!
They may seem as trifles too

Not I hope to thee. Some may boast a richer prize Under pride and wealth's disguise : None a fonder offering bore

Than this of mine to thee ; And can true love wish for more ?

Surely not, Mary Lee!

Caroline ELIZABETH Sarah Norton, the second daughter of Thomas, and the grand-daughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was born in London. Soon after the union of Mr. Sheridan with her mother (the daughter of Colonel and Lady Elizabeth Callander), he became consumptive, and was induced to try the effects of a warmer climate upon his constitution. His wife accompanied him to Madeira, and subsequently to the Cape, where, after lingering two or three years, he died. His still young and beautiful widow returned to England, to superintend the education of her children, -a task to which she devoted herself with engrossing zeal, passing the best and generally the vainest years of a woman's life, apart from the gay world ; indifferent to the lures of society, and sacri. ficing even her personal comforts to advance their interests and form their minds. To this accomplished and excellent parent may be attributed much of Mrs. Norton's literary fame ;-it forms another link in that long chain of hereditary genius which has now been extended through a whole century. Her sister, the lady of the Hon. Captain Price Blackwood, is also a writer of considerable taste and power : her publications have been anonymous, and she is disinclined to seek that notoriety which the “pursuits of literature" obtain ;--but those who are acquainted with the productions of her pen will readily acknowledge their surpassing merit. The sisters used, in their childish days, to write together; and, before either of them had attained the age of twelve years, they produced two little books of prints and verses, called, “the Dandies' Ball,” and “the Travelled Dandies;" both being imitations of a species of caricature then in vogue. But we believe that, at a much earlier period, Mrs. Norton had written poetry, which even now she would not be ashamed to see in print. Her disposition to “ scribble,” was, however, checked rather than encouraged by her mother;

for a long time, pen, ink, and paper were denied to the young Poetess, and works of fiction carefully kept out of her way, with a view of compelling a resort to occupations of a more useful character. Her active and energetic mind, notwithstanding, soon accomplished its cherished purpose. At the age of seventeen, she wrote “the Sorrows of Rosalie ;" and, although it was not published until some time afterwards, she had scarcely passed her girlhood before she had established for herself the distinction which had long been attached to her maiden name.

At the age of nineteen, Miss Sheridan was married to the Hon. George Chapple Norton, brother to the present Lord Grantley. He had proposed for her three years previously, but her mother had postponed the contract until the daughter was better qualified to fix her choice. These years had enabled her to make acquaintance with one whose early death prevented a union more consonant to her feelings. When Mr. Norton again sought her hand, he received it. It is unnecessary to add, that the marriage has not been a happy one: the world has heard the slanders to which she has been exposed; and a verdict of acquittal from all who, for a moment, listened to them, can scarcely have atoned for the cruel and baseless suspicions to which she had been subjected.

Mrs. Norton has published two volumes of poetry,—“ The Sor. rows of Rosalie,” and “the Undying One.". The former tells the story of a ruined cottage girl; and the latter is founded on the superstition of the wandering Jew. The subject of the latter especially, was ill chosen ; a circumstance for which the authoress accounts, by stating that until she married she had read fewer works of fiction than most young persons. The St. Leon of Godwin, and the wild romance of Maturin, were unknown to her; and she imagined she was INVENTING, when she was, in fact, only following in the path of her predecessors.

Mrs. Norton is eminently beautiful: her form is peculiarly graceful and dignified ; and her features are exquisitely chiselled, -but hers is that intellectual beauty with which there is usually mingled a degree of haughtiness. She must occupy a high station among female authors, of which our age may boast a long and dazzling list. Her mind is of a high order ; but she is far from having attained the zenith of her fame.

Her poetry is distinguished both by grace and energy. She is, perhaps, deficient in that inventive faculty in which some of her contemporaries have so greatly excelled; but her productions are full of thought,--there is nothing of the aspect of poverty in any thing she has written ; on the contrary, her ideas seem too large and abundant for her verse : and she far more often crowds her materials than ekes out a description by words that might be dispensed with



Low she lies, who blest our eyes

Through many a sunny day;
She may not smile, she will not rise, -

The life hath past away!
Yet there is a world of light beyond,

Where we neither die nor sleep;
She is there of whom our souls were fond,

Then wherefore do we weep?

The heart is cold, whose thoughts were told

In each glance of her glad bright eye;
And she lies pale, who was so bright,

She scarce seemed made to die.
Yet we know that her soul is happy now,

Where the saints their calm watch keep;
That angels are crowning that fair young brow,-

Then wherefore do we weep?

Her laughing voice made all rejoice,

Who caught the happy sound;
There was gladness in her very step,

As it lightly touched the ground.
The echoes of voice and step are gone,

There is silence still and deep;
Yet we know she sings by God's bright throne, -
Then wherefore do we weep?

The cheek's pale tinge, the lid's dark fringe,

That lies like a shadow there,
Were beautiful in the eyes of all,-

And her glossy golden hair!
But though that lid may never wake

From its dark and dreamless sleep;
She is gone where young hearts do not break,-

Then wherefore do we weep?

That world of light with joy is bright,

This is a world of wo:
Shall we grieve that her soul hath taken flight,

Because we dwell below?
We will bury her under the mossy sod,

And one long bright tress we'll keep;
We have only given her back to God, -

Ah! wherefore do we weep?


When first thou camest, gentle, shy, and fond,

My eldest-born, first hope, and dearest treasure, My heart received thee with a joy beyond

All that it yet had felt of earthly pleasure;
Nor thought that any love again might be
So deep and strong as that I felt for thee.
Faithful and fond, with sense beyond thy years,

And natural piety that lean’d to heaven;
Wrung by a harsh word suddenly to tears,

Yet patient of rebuke when justly given: Obedient,-easy to be reconciled; And meekly cheerful,-such wert thou, my child !

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