08 February 2009

A limerick for Darwin's 200th

Thursday is, of course, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. To kick off a week of commemorations, symposia, and nerdy parties, I humbly submit a limerick:
The vicar, one Quite Reverend Darwin
Considered, whilst penning each sermon,
How he might have advanced,
Had he taken that chance
To go with the Beagle a-voyagin'.
(It is widely considered that Darwin, had he not taken an interest in natural history, would've ended up as a clergyman; see David Quamman's excellent pocket biography, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin.)

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