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Shake Hands


Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all's over;

     I only vex you the more I try.

All's wrong that ever I've done or said,

And nought to help it in this dull head:

     Shake hands, here's luck, good-bye.


But if you come to a road where danger

     Or guilt or anguish or shame's to share,

Be good to the lad that loves you true

And the soul that was born to die for you,

     And whistle and I'll be there.

A.E. Housman




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