Literal Interpretation

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In each gospel ever written
Since Earth started turning round
Two differing kinds of wisdom
May reliably be found

One speaks of eternal truths
Which passing years can never change
The other, how our small affairs
In light of them we should arrange

In order to pursue a
Maximum of harmony
Within its current structure
Of human society

The first remains unshaken
Though worlds might pass away,
The second changes rapidly
From year to month to day

What conscientious Shinto maid
Among us lives behind a screen
As in more ancient centuries
Constrained she might have been?

In modern Christian marriages
An equal partnership
Of minds and hearts steers the domestic
Spiritual ship

And in most worldly parts
It has become well understood
That talk between the sexes
Among Muslims can be good

The ancient truths immutable
True then, and truer yet;
The others but a guidebook to
Contemporary etiquette


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