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Some of the best famous short poems from our poetry collection . . .

An Old Story by Robert William Service

(Retold in Rhyme)

They threw him in a prison cell;
He moaned upon his bed.
And when he crept from coils of hell:
'Last night you killed,' they said.

'last night in drunken rage you slew
A being brave with breath;
A radiant soul, because of you
Lies dark in death.'

'last night I killed,' he moaned distraught,
'When I was wild with wine;
I slew, and I remember naught . . .
O Mother, Mother mine!

'To what unbridled rage may lead
You taught me at your knew.
Why did I not your warning heed . . .
And now - the gallows tree.

'O Mother, Mother, come to me,
For I am sore distrest,
And I would kneel beside your knee
And weep upon your breast. . . .'

They stared at him; their lips were dumb,
Their eyes tear filled;
Then spoke the Priest: 'She cannot come . . .
'Twas she you killed.'

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