He drank strong waters

(notes edited by John McGivering)


These lines are published as a heading to “A Bank Fraud”, in Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). It is collected as a Chapter Heading in Songs from Books and subsequent collections.

The poem

In the story a conscientious manager, with a tiresome subordinate, , finds that he is terminally ill, and fraudulently saves him from dismissal. The poem suggests that motives and morality do not always run along straight lines.



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