His First Love, and His Last.

He lived to dwell contentedly1
Upon his native plain,2
He lived to share in village sports,3
With village friends again:4
To cheer the stormy winter’s night5
With tales of peril past,6
Lived happy with a happy wife,7
His first love, and his last.8
Oh! he could tell of conquering foes,9
Captivity and pain ;10
Of dungeon deep, and stratagem11
That broke the galling chain :12
She listen’d, and could scarce believe13
The danger really past ;14
Then whisper’d low, “ Thou’rt safe with me,15
My first love, and my last.”16