November



Boxing


Read here the Moral roundly writ
For him that into battle goes—
Each soul that, hitting hard and hit
Encounters gross or ghostly foes:—
Prince, blown by many overthrows
Half blind with shame, half choked with dirt,
Man cannot tell, but Allah knows
How much the other side was hurt.

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Notes on the text


Man cannot tell, but Allah knows... Suffering in conflict one does not know how much the enemy is suffering.