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First Line: From hill to hill he harried me
Last Line: Who'd wronged not mine nor me!
Alternate Author Name(s): Arbuthnott, John
Subject(s): Injustice; Murder; Social Protest; Soldiers; War

From hill to hill he harried me;
He stalked me day and night;
He neither knew nor hated me;
Nor his nor mine the fight.

He killed the man who stood by me,
For such they made his law;
Then foot by foot I fought to him,
Who neither knew nor saw.

I trained my rifle on his heart;
He leapt up in the air.
The screaming ball tore through his breast,
And lay embedded there.

Lay hot embedded there, and yet
Hissed home o'er hill and sea
Straight to the aching heart of one
Who'd wronged not mine nor me!

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