Miserables, Les - The Runaway Cart lyrics

Can this be true? I don't belive what I see,
A man your age to be as strong as you are...
A memory stirs, you make me think of a man
From years ago, a man who broke his parole, he disappeared...
Forgive me sir, I would not dare--

Say what you must, don't leave it there.

I have only known one other who can do what you have done,
He's a convict from the chain-gang, he's been ten years on the run.
But he couldn't run forever, we have found his hide-away,
And he's just been re-arrested and he comes to court today.
Of course he now denies it, you'd expect that of a con,
but he couldn't run forever, no, not even Jean Valjean...