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Gladly the Bear

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Gladly the Bear

A young boy attended his first Sunday school class, and he was relating the events of the day to his mother. “We sang a song about a bear,” he proudly said.

“You sang a song about a bear?” his mother asked.

“Yes,” he piped up. “We sang a song about a bear that was cross-eyed.”

His mother blinked. “You sang a song about a bear that was cross-eyed?” she asked, wondering what this had to do with Sunday school.

“Uh-huh. We sang a song about a bear that was cross-eyed, and his name was Gladly,” her son explained.

His mother pressed. “What do you mean?”

With a big smile, he said, “We sang ‘Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear.'”

/* For those that don’t know, this is a mondegreen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen) of the church hymn “Keep Thou My Way” by Fanny Crosby. */

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
– Romans 13:9</i>

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary — the evil it does is permanent.
– Mahatma Gandhi

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