A Parable

Original Text: 
The Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle (1922; John Murray, 1928):74. 21473.35.1 Widener Library Harvard University
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.
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Publication Notes: 
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 Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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