The great and good, the mean and lowly "Everything that lives is holy". In essence we must all agree But - even though it is the bug, or flea The earwig, pond-life, frog or toad And in the earth the nemotode? The wasp, the centipede, the worm? Helpless newt stuck in mud that's firm? There is, you may have heard, A beetle that is born in turd. "Everything that lives is holy" - A concept that is rather silly.
God made mankind in his own image Two legs, two arms, a pleasant visage A brain to think, a soul to feel That's why He gave to us free will. Therefore it is somewhat funny To give these attributes to bunny Pussy, house-hold dog that barks The finches, sparrows and the larks And don't you feel a stupid ass To dole out brotherhood en masse To everything which since our birth Has crawled and crept upon this earth.
"Let every creature rise and bring Peculiar honours to our King". Peculiar is in life and deed - These are creatures who have no need For conscience, morals, standards, brain And do nothing much - except chew grain, Or gnaw on wood, and drink the dew Mixing it to some loathsome brew With sewage, dirt, and for a topping Guzzle down a bird's dried dropping. Strange, then, it is to say God, too, moves in a mysterious way.
"All creatures of our God and King Lift up your voice and with us sing". Do you feel a brotherly echo In the company of a gecko? All of you, I trust, agree No wildebeest is quite like me. The cayman's jaw, the hornet's sting - That is certainly a thing With which the world can do without - Like wolf-hound's tooth and wild-boar's snout. Is mankind, the weasel or the larva Most close in spirit to Our Father?
When civilisation has passed away And all the world is in decay When everything has turned to dust The ruin, debris and the rust Who will have the wit to see That this speck was you, or me An antelope, a spider or a fly For everything that lives must die. Then where will art and culture thrive When there is nothing left alive? You may consider it more slowly That "everything - ? - that lives is holy".