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The Blind Men And The Elephant (reprint)
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THE ORIGINAL POEM
by John Godfrey Saxe
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(though all of them were blind)
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he,
"Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,