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on Mar 8th 2014, 13:07:34, Götz wrote the following about

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Downsizing looks like a modern management fad, but Thomas Cranmer's Forty-Two Articles had to go through that ordeal already in the 16th century. This is why the Anglicans now only have Thirty-Two Articles.

Thus, rule 42 (“No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm!”) of the code got lost in history.

Cranmer tried to save his life by pretending to have forgotten his Articles. But that didn't help.

Rev. C. L. Dodgson got quite angry about that an wrote a poem:

021 · · There was one who was famed for the number of things
022 · · · · He forgot when he entered the ship:
023 · · His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings,
024 · · · · And the clothes he had bought for the trip.

025 · · He had forty-two boxes, all carefully packed,
026 · · · · With his name painted clearly on each:
027 · · But, since he omitted to mention the fact,
028 · · · · They were all left behind on the beach.

029 · · The loss of his clothes hardly mattered, because
030 · · · · He had seven coats on when he came,
031 · · With three pairs of boots--but the worst of it was,
032 · · · · He had wholly forgotten his name.

033· · He would answer to »Hior to any loud cry,
034 · · · · Such as »Fry meor »Fritter my wig
035 · · To »What-you-may-call-um!« or »What-was-his-name
036 · · · · But especially »Thing-um-a-jig!«

037 · · While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,
038 · · · · He had different names from these:
039 · · His intimate friends called him »Candle-ends
040 · · · · And his enemies »Toasted-cheese

041 · · »His form is ungainly--his intellect small--«
042 · · · · (So the Bellman would often remark)
043 · · "But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,
044 · · · · Is the thing that one needs with a Snark."

045 · · He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare
046 · · · · With an impudent wag of the head:
047 · · And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,
048 · · · · »Just to keep up its spiritshe said.

049 · · He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late--
050 · · · · And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad--
051 · · He could only bake Bridecake--for which, I may state,
052 · · · · No materials were to be had.


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