The Man He Killed

Had he and I but met
  By some old ancient inn,
We should have set 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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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University. more…

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