God in the Quad

There was a young man who said, “God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there’s no one about in the Quad.”

Dear Sir:
Your astonishment’s odd:
I am always about in the Quad.
And that’s why the tree
Will continue to be,
Since observed by
Yours faithfully,

– Ronald Knox


One thought on “God in the Quad

  1. Haha – it’s years since I’ve seen this quoted. It’s a bit of posh philosophy, I suppose, in the end: “the quad” smacks of public school, Billy Bunter and Oxbridge. We didn’t have a quad at Bounds Green Secondary Modern. We did have RI lessons, but Miss King (she was a bit of a fundy – she took me to hear BIlly Graham!) didn’t quote this.

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