The Man He Killed

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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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