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  1. 1. Six opinionated men To learning much inclined, At midnight inspected an Elephant; Though in the darkness blind, That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.
  2. 2. The First approached the Elephant And, happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “At last, I know the Elephant Is very like a wall!"
  3. 3. The Second, feeling the tusk, Cried, "Ho! what have I here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me it’s very clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!"
  4. 4. The Third approached the animal And, happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, Thus boldly up he spake: "I see," said he, "The Elephant Is very like a snake!"
  5. 5. The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee: "What most the wondrous beast is like Is very plain," said he; “It’s clear enough the Elephant Is very like a tree!"
  6. 6. The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said, "Even the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact, who can? This marvel of an elephant Is very like a fan!"
  7. 7. The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope Than, seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see," said he, "the Elephant Is very like a rope!"
  8. 8. So these opinionated men Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong. Though each was partly in the right, They all were in the wrong!
  9. 9. Though the elephant departed Before the crack of dawn, By each one standing in his place, Conclusion was soon drawn. Of this MAMMOTH animal So little each had known.
  10. 10. But as each shared with others The details which he knew, And pieces fell in place From each perspective view, They sketched it all together And ‘THE ELEPHANT’ they drew.

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