The Man He Killed By Thomas Hardy

“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 is clean 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.”

Infantry : foot-soldiers
Quaint : attractive in an unusual way
Curious : inquisitive

THOMAS HARDY

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