The Man He Killed
by Thomas Hardy
published in Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy, Page 263
by London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1923
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“ Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet Right many a nipperkin ! “ But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place. “ I shot him dead because— Because he was my foe, Just so : my foe of course he was; That’s clear enough ; although “ He thought he’d ‘list, perhaps, Off-hand like—just as I— Was out of work—had sold his traps— No other reason why. “ Yes ; quaint and curious war is ! You shoot a fellow down You’d treat if met where any bar is, Or help to half-a-crown.”
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