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2  The beginning of all was a little cell, Composed of what substance no one can tell, Endowed with a power to develop and swell
Into general life by this theory. With a power to select what it wished to be— A fungus or flower, a bush or a tree, A fowl of the air, or a fish of the sea, A cow or a sheep, a bug or a flea, Or if tired of these, it may change its plan, Be a cat or a dog, or o-rang-oo-tan, But culminating at last in a man,
By this grand Darwinian theory.
3  Such murderers we—far worse than Cain, For darker deeds our characters stain;
For thousands of brothers we've eaten and slain,
By the grand Darwinian theory. When sitting at breakfast, and picking the wing Of a pigeon, or grouse, or of some other thing; Or dining on mutton—or lamb, if in spring; Or on salmon, or trout, or on cod, or on ling— Gaze into the future, and say, can't you see What horrible cannibals we must be, Devouring the flesh, which may yet become we,
By the grand Darwinian theory.
But why should the theory end with man? If he has been less, surely more he can, And should be, by the great devoloping plan
Of the grand Darwinian theory. Why should he not on this earth yet be An angel, or god, like Mercury,
With a wing on each shoulder, each ankle and knee? Oh! how delightful then it will be, When sighing and wishing your sweetheart to see, To wipe your beak, and just upwards flee, Like birds—and meet your love on a tree;
On the top of a hill, by this theory.
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