James Kenneth Stephen

(25 February 1859 – 3 February 1892 / England)

Poems of James Kenneth Stephen

The Malefactor's Plea

Of sentences that stir my bile,
Of phrases I detest,
There's one beyond all others vile;
"He did it for the best."

Of course he did: I don't suppose,
Nor can you think I should,
The man's among my deadliest foes,
Or is not fairly good.

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