Presentation on theme: "The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Said: "E'en the blindest man Who went to see the Elephant."— Presentation transcript:
3 The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, It was six men of IndostanTo learning much inclined,Said: "E'en the blindest manWho went to see the ElephantCan tell what this resembles most;(Though all of them were blind),Deny the fact who canThat each by observationThis marvel of an ElephantMight satisfy his mindIs very like a fan!"The First approached the Elephant,The Sixth no sooner had begunAnd happening to fallAbout the beast to grope,Against his broad and sturdy side,Than, seizing on the swinging tailAt once began to bawl:That fell within his scope,"God bless me! but the ElephantIs very like a wall!"Is very like a rope!"The Second, feeling of the tusk,And so these men of IndostanCried, "Ho! what have we hereDisputed loud and long,So very round and smooth and sharp?Each in his own opinionTo me 'tis mighty clearExceeding stiff and strong,This wonder of an ElephantThough each was partly in the right,Is very like a spear!"And all were in the wrong!The Third approached the animal,Moral: So oft in theologic wars,And happening to takeThe squirming trunk within his hands,Thus boldly up and spake:The disputants, I ween,"I see," quoth he, "the ElephantRail on in utter ignoranceIs very like a snake!"Of what each other mean,The Fourth reached out an eager hand,And prate about an ElephantNot one of them has actually seen!And felt about the knee."What most this wondrous beast is likeIs mighty plain," quoth he;" 'Tis clear enough the ElephantIs very like a tree!"