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SARA H. BROWNE.

row, tears and laughter, tragedy and comedy, follow in the wake of her versatile pen.

As a religious writer, no one can mistake the earnest loving warmth of the Christian heart. Baptized into the spirit of that piety she commends to others, especially to the young, her success in this department of letters has been truly encouraging. Her “Book for the Eldest Daughter,” has had and will continue to have a wide circulation; and she has received from time to time most grateful assurances of its popularity and usefulness. It is indeed a felicitous compound of physical, intellectual, moral, and religious instruction, given in a clear, affectionate, attractive style, which falls on the young ear and heart like those sweet “mother tones” which irresistibly constrain to the path of virtue and holiness.

As a poetess, Miss Browne is not remarkably prolific; she writes deliberately and cautiously, rather than abundantly. She is a poetic sculptor rather than painter—patient to chisel into perfect harmony and proportion, the outline and lineaments of every image whose glowing ideal adorns the inner chambers of her imagination.

A list of Miss Browne’s publications is given in the subjoined note.

For Sartain’s Union Magazine, Miss Browne has furnished various articles of prose and poety, viz.: In 1849, a “Salutation to Fredrika Bremer;” “Waters of Marah,” (poem); in 1850, “The Goblet of Revenge,” (poem); “Song of the Winter Serenaders,” (poem); “Death Bed of Schiller;” in 1851, “The Token of Hope,” (poem); “Sing to me,” (poem). For the Dollar Newspaper, Philadelphia—1847, a prose tale, “Reforming a Husband;” in 1848, “Fretting for a Secret;” “Prescribed by a Physician;” in 1849, “Maying in December;” in 1850, “The Iron Grays.” For the Boston Rambler and National Library, Boston,—1847 “Capt. Gage’s Cousins;” “The First Falsehood;” “The Pauper Bride;” in 1848, “Things Old,” Nos. I. II. III; in 1849, “Mary Stuart’s last Pageant,” (poem); “The Two Homes;” “The Snow Buried,” (poem). For the American Cabinet and Atheneum—1848, “One Among a Thousand;” “John Quincy Adams,” (poem); in 1849, “Mendelssohn’s last Composition,” (poem); “The First Crime,” (poem); in 1850, “Mode and Tense.” For the Lady’s Book several poems: 1845, “Last of the Asmonians,” (poem); in 1843, “The Unknown Flower,” (poem); in 1847, “Madame Roland,” (poem); “The Wife’s Dowry,” (poem); in 1845, “The Costliest Gift,” (poem). Besides a great many other fugitive articles of both prose and poetry for various magazines, papers, and annuals. In 1847, her first volume was published, entitled “My Early Friends;” 1849, “Book for the Eldest Daughter,” a work of between two and three hundred pages; 1850, “Recollections of my Sabbath School Teachers,” besides others now in press, and a volume of poems in course of preparation.