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Thread #5701   Message #34549
Posted By: BSeed
09-Aug-98 - 10:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: White, Orange and Green
Subject: Lyr Add: THE MAN HE KILLED (Thomas Hardy)
I don't know if anyone ever set this to music: It's by A. E. Houseman, I think. If not, by Thomas Hardy.

THE MAN HE KILLED

Had he and I but met
At some old ancient inn,
We might have sat us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin.

But ranged as infantry
And standing 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.
That's so: my foe, of course he was,
That's clear enough, although

He thought he'd 'list perhaps
Off-hand, like, just as I--
Had sold his traps, was out of work,
No other reason why.

Oh, 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.


And if killing another soldier is absurd, then killing someone who is not a threat to you is absurd to the nth, depraved. ---seed