By Robert William Service

I had a bitter enemy,
His heart to hate he gave,
And when I died, he swore that he
Would dance upon my grave;
That he would leap and laugh because
A livid corpse was I,
And that’s the reason why I was
In no great haste to die.

And then- such is the quirk of fate,
One day with joy, I read,
Despite his vitalizing hate
My enemy was dead.
Maybe the poison in his heart
Had helped to haste his doom:
He was not spared till I depart
To spit upon my tomb.

The other day I chanced to go
To where he lies alone.
Tis easy to forgive a foe
When he is dead and gone…
Poor devil! Now his day is done,
(Though bright it was and brave)
Yet I am happy there is none
To dance upon my grave.

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