Songs of Action/A Parable

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

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