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A Little Theology of Little Worms

The world is but a carcass; thou art fed

By it, but as a worm, that carcass bred;

And why should’st thou, poor worm, consider more

When this world will grow better than before,

Than those thy fellow-worms do think upon

That carcass’s last resurrection.

Forget this world, and scarce think of it so,

As of old clothes, cast off a year ago.

To be thus stupid is alacrity;

Men thus lethargic have best memory. (Donne)

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