The Great War

from The Man Who Saw, an electronic edition

Who Was Aggressor?

IF two men fell to fighting, of whom one

Carried, that day, no ready weapon, save

Only an oaken stave,

While the other glittered in the summer sun

With casque and corselet, lance and whetted glaive,

By which of these would all but fool or knave

Adjudge the combat to have been begun ?