MOUNTAIN VS SQUIRREL

A Fable – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter “Little Prig”.

Bun replied,
“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together,
To make up a year
And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I’m not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half as spry.

I’ll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.”

Emerson was descended from seven generations of clergymen and was himself, for a time, minister at the Unitarian Second Church in Boston. I wonder if the basis for this simple poem came from his understanding of Romans 12:3-8?

  • For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. {4} Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, {5} so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. {6} We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. {7} If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; {8} if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (Romans 15:7)

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