Plane Geometry By Emma Rounds
'Twas Euclid, and the constant pi
Did plane and solid in the text;
All parallel were the radii,
And the anggulls convex'd.
"Beware the WentworthSmith, my son,
The Proofs that bore, the Laws that prate;
Beware the Axiom and shun
The spurious Postulate."
He took his Waterman in hand,
Long time the proper proof he sought
Then rested he by the XYZ
And stood a while in thought.
And as in inverse thought he stood
A brilliant proof, in lines of flame,
All neat and trim, it came to him
Tangenting as it came.
"AB, CD," reflected he
The Waterman went sickersnack;
He Q.E.D.ed, and, proud indeed,
He trapezoided back.
"And hast thou proved the 29th?
Come to my arms, my radius boy!
O good for you! O one point two!"
He rhombused in his joy.
'Twas Euclid, and the constant pi
Did plane and solid in the text;
All parallel were the radii,
And the anggulls convex'd.
C.D. Langford
"Children's Remarks"
Mathematical Gazette
Feb. 1960, pp. 23
