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THE VAMPIRE

By
Rudyard Kipling


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A fool there was and he made his prayer

( Even as you and I ! )

To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair

( We called her the woman who did not care ),

But the fool he called her his lady fair

( Even as you and I ! )
 

Oh the years we waste and the tears we waste

And the work of our head and hand

Belong to the woman who did not know

( And now we know that she never could know )

And did not understand.
 

A fool there was and his goods he spent

( Even as you and I ! )

Honor and faith and a sure intent

(And it wasn't the least what the lady meant ),

But a fool must follow his natural bent

( Even as you and I ! )
 

Ah the toil we lost and the spoil we lost

And the excellent things we planned

Belong to the woman who didn't know why

( And now we know she never knew why )

And did not understand.
 

The fool was stripped to his foolish hide

( Even as you and I ! )

Which she might have seen when she threw him aside ---

( But it isn't on record the lady tried )

So some of him lived but the most of him died ---

( Even as you and I ! )
 

And it isn't the shame and it isn't the blame

That stings like a white-hot brand.

It's coming to know that she never knew why

( Seeing at last she could never know why )

And never could understand.
 

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