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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Thomas Hardy. 1840–
 
3. The Man He Killed
(From "The Dynasts")
 
    "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,         5
    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,  10
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—  15
    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."  20
 
 
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