Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CAUSE WON, by VINCENT BOURNE

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First Line: Two neighbours furiously dispute
Last Line: Are plaintiffs--when the suit is ended.
Subject(s): Litigation

Two neighbours furiously dispute;
A field the subject of the suit.
Trivial the spot, yet such the rage
With which the combatants engage,
'Twere hard to tell, who covets most
The prize--at whatsoever cost.
The pleadings swell. Words still suffice;
No single word but has its price:
No term but yields some fair pretence
For novel and increased expense.
Defendant thus becomes a name
Which he that bore it may disclaim;
Since both, in one description blended,
Are plaintiffs--when the suit is ended.

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