He Loved Me Once.

He loved me once !1
Ah, then the earth was fair,2
The sun shone brightly, and the balmy air3
Was filled with fragrance of a thousand flowers,4
Which blossomed sweetly in the sunny bowers.5
He loved me once !6
The very birds seemed gay,7
And sang their sweetest songs that summer day ;8
How blithe was I—nor pain nor care could take9
The sunshine from that hour, for his dear sake.10
He loved me once !11
But that was long ago ;12
And summer sun is changed to frost and snow,13
The flowers are dead, the birds are gone, and I14
Am dull and dreary as the winter sky.15