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Serendipity: An Ode to Germs
Image from Anglican General Synod Archives, Toronto, ON.
I am in the midst of researching the Canadian churches and their reaction to the First World War. My task this month is to read through the wartime denominational periodicals.
One of my small pleasures in life is finding interesting items in my archival research, things that I did not expect to find. Today I found "An Ode to Germs" in the Canadian Churchman, an Anglican weekly newspaper. In light of our present day pandemic - and the one that occurred in 1918 - the brief poem is interesting to say the least, if not prescient.
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