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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Mortal Combat
By Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861–1907)
 
IT is because you were my friend,
  I fought you as the devil fights.
Whatever fortune God may send,
  For once I set the world to rights.
 
And that was when I thrust you down,        5
  And stabb’d you twice and twice again,
Because you dared take off your crown,
  And be a man like other men.
 
 
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