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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Conquest
 
Walter Herries Pollock (b. 1850)
 
 
I FOUND him openly wearing her token;
I knew that her troth could never be broken;
I laid my hand on the hilt of my sword,—
He did the same, and he spoke no word;
I faced him with his villainy;        5
He laughed, and said, “She gave it me.”
We searched for seconds, they soon were found;
They measured our swords; they measured the ground;
They held to the deadly work too fast;
They thought to gain our place at last.        10
We fought in the sheen of a wintry wood;
The fair white snow was red with his blood;
But his was the victory, for, as he died,
He swore by the rood that he had not lied.
 

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