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'Twas Euclid and the theorem pi

Did plane and solid in the text,

All parallel were the radii,

And the ang-gulls convex'd.

"Beware the Wentworth-Smith, my son,

And the Loci that vacillate;

Beware the Axiom, and shun

The faithless Postulate."

He took his Waterman in hand;

Long time the proper proof he sought;

Then rested he by the XYZ

And sat awhile in thought.

And as in inverse thought he sat

A brilliant proof, in lines of flame,

All neat and trim, it came to him.

Tangenting as it came.

"AB, CD," reflected he--

The Waterman went snicker-snack--

He Q. E. D.-d, and, proud indeed,

He trapezoided back.

"And hast thou proved the 29th?

Come to my arms, my radius boy!

Oh good for you! O one point two!"

He rhombused in his joy.

'Twas Euclid and the theorem pi

Did plane and solid in the text,

All parallel were the radii,

And the ang-gulls convex'd.

Rounds, Emma, "Plain Geometry". In Creative Youth, Hughes Mearns, © 1925 by Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York.

Also in

Fadiman, Clifton (ed.), Fantasia Mathematica, © 1958 Simon & Schuster, Inc. Published in 1997 by Copernicus, an imprint of Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. ISBN 0-387-94931-3.

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