A strange meeting
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.
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
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