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1 "Had he and I but met
2 By some old ancient inn,
3 We should have sat us down to wet
4 Right many a nipperkin!
5 "But ranged as infantry,
6 And staring face to face,
7 I 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,
11 Just so: my foe of course he was;
12 That's clear enough; although
13 "He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
14 Off-hand like -- just as I --
15 Was out of work -- had sold his traps --
16 No other reason why.
17 "Yes; quaint and curious war is!
18 You shoot a fellow down
19 You'd treat if met where any bar is,
20 Or help to half-a-crown."