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            The Hyenas

After the burial-parties leave
   And the baffled kites have fled;
The wise hyenas come out at eve
   To take account of our dead. 

How he died and why he died
   Troubles them not a whit.
They snout the bushes and stones aside
   And dig till they come to it. 

They are only resolute they shall eat
   That they and their mates may thrive,
And they know that the dead are safer meat
   Than the weakest thing alive. 

(For a goat may butt, and a worm may sting,
   And a child will sometimes stand;
But a poor dead soldier of the king
   Can never lift a hand.)

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