Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A STRANGE MEETING, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES

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A STRANGE MEETING, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The moon is full, and so am I
Last Line: As he went passing by.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Blacks

THE moon is full, and so am I;
The night is late, the ale was good;
And I must go two miles and more
Along a country road.

Now what is this that's drawing near?
It seems a man, and tall;
But where the face should show its white
I see no white at all.

Where is his face: or do I see
The back part of his head,
And, with his face turned round about,
He walks this way? I said.

He's close at hand, but where's the face?
What devil is this I see?
I'm glad my body's warm with ale,
There's trouble here for me.

I clutch my staff, I make a halt,
"His blood or mine," said I.
"Good night," the black man said to me,
As he went passing by.

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