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THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT.

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT.

A HINDOO FABLE.

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<poem>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.

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The First approached 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!"

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The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried:"Ho!—what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 't is mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!"

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The Third approached the animal, And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, Thus boldly up and spake: