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Infantry waiting to attack during World War I

(Photo credit: National Library of Scotland)

     The Man He Killed

   “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,
   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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