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FIRST WIFE TO THE SECOND, by            
First Line: All's fair! My dear
Last Line: Bearing a mortal wound.
Subject(s): Divorce; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

All's fair! my dear,
All's fair in Love and War!
You have won completely
What I was loath to share.
The spoils take
Unto your charming self.
Drink deep of Life and Love --
All you had dreamed, --
And more.

But this I ask --
In his declining years
Be his gay comrade,
Laugh through tears;
Slow to see a fault,
Quick to sympathize;
Tenderly sweet
But not too wise;
A lithe and winsome staff
To lean upon.

The loneliness of twilight,
The moonlight's ghastly glow,
The hangman's grip upon the throat
That will not give nor go --
'Tis comforting to think, my dear,
These he shall never know;
Brave as he is, 'tis good to think
He shall never know. --
To you I surrender him,
Prisoner bound;
While I go on alone
Bearing a mortal wound.

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