The Man He Killed

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The Man He Killed
by Thomas Hardy

'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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