The Man He Killed
Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy (London: Macmillan and Co., 1932): 269. PR 4741 F32 Robarts Library.
1 "Had he and I but met
2 By some old ancient inn,
3We should have sat us down to wet
5 "But ranged as infantry,
6 And staring face to face,
7I shot at him as he at me,
8 And killed him in his place.
9 "I shot him dead because --
10 Because he was my foe,
11Just so: my foe of course he was;
12 That's clear enough; although
14 Off-hand like -- just as I --
16 No other reason why.
17 "Yes; quaint and curious war is!
18 You shoot a fellow down
19You'd treat if met where any bar is,
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Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses (London: Macmillan, 1909): 186. PR 4750 T5 Robarts Library
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