Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

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Love not! love not! ye hopelesss sons of clay

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (22 March, 180815 June, 1877) was an English feminist, social reformer, and author of the early and mid-nineteenth century.


  • We have been friends together
    In sunshine and in shade.
    Since first beneath the chestnut-tree
    In fancy we played
    But coldness dwells within thine heart
    A cloud is on thy brow.
    We have been friends together,—
    Shall a light word part us now?
    • We have been Friends.
  • I am listening for the voices
    Which I heard in days of old.
    • The lonely Harp.
  • Love not! love not! ye hopeless sons of clay;
    Hope’s gayest wreaths are made of earthly flowers—
    Things that are made to fade and fall away,
    Ere they have blossomed for a few short hours.
    • Love not.
  • A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers;
    There was lack of woman’s nursing, there was dearth of woman’s tears.
    • Bingen on the Rhine.
  • Too innocent for coquetry, too fond for idle scorning—
    Oh friend, I fear the lightest heart makes sometimes heaviest mourning.
    • Bingen on the Rhine.
  • Every poet hopes that after-times
    Shall set some value on his votive lay.
    • To the Duchess of Sutherland (c. 1840).
  • O Twilight! Spirit that dost render birth
    To dim enchantments; melting heaven with earth,
    Leaving on craggy hills and running streams
    A softness like the atmosphere of dreams.
    • The Winter’s Walk (c. 1840).
  • For death and life, in ceaseless strife,
    Beat wild on this world’s shore,
    And all our calm is in that balm—
    Not lost but gone before.
    • Not lost but gone before (c. 1863).

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