This carte-de-visite is a portrait of a young woman taken in Kingston, Ontario in about 1863. Verso, in a spikey female hand
If there be anything in life
That does afford me pleasure
Twill be the very happy time
When you [became] my treasure.
The expression “affords me pleasure” was a very common one in the 19th century. The verse is signed only “A.P.” Alas, we do not know who she is.
I am grateful to Mike Dufresne for sharing this photograph.