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Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

A Parable

              1The cheese-mites asked how the cheese got there,
              2    And warmly debated the matter;
              3The Orthodox said that it came from the air,
              4    And the Heretics said from the platter.
              5They argued it long and they argued it strong,
              6    And I hear they are arguing now;
              7But of all the choice spirits who lived in the cheese,
              8    Not one of them thought of a cow.

Online text copyright © 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle (1922; John Murray, 1928):74. 21473.35.1 Widener Library Harvard University
First publication date: 1916
Publication date note: Songs of Action (London: Smith, Elder, 1898). See Harold Locke, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Tunbridge Wells: D. Webster, 1928): 48.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/3/9

Rhyme: ababcded

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