"Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
 And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
 That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
 And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.


"On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."


"When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."


"With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
 They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
 They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
 So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.


"We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
 Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
 But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
 That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.


"We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
 That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
 But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
 So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.