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WE THREE LAWS OF ORBITING ARE (a Gravmass carol)


First verse by physicist James P. Hogan in his story "Merry Gravmas" - Additional verses by Kate Gladstone. This is in the public domain.
tune: "We Three Kings of Orient Are"

We three laws of orbiting are -
Ruling trajectories local and far -
Collisions billiard,
Particles myriad,
Planet and moon and star.
    O-o-o-h ...

CHORUS: Laws of wonder, laws of might,
               Laws that steer the worlds aright,
               Never failing - we are hailing
               Your pow'r and mystery tonight!

First Law am I, by Newton drawn:
An object in motion keeps moving on -
Ever proceeding, not slowing or speeding
Till another force acts thereon. O-o-o-h ...

CHORUS:

The Second Law, I come to say:
F is equal to m times a -
For acceleration calculation,
Second Law shows the way. O-o-o-h ...

CHORUS:

Third Law: to every action must be
An equal, opposing reaction. We
Now have said it - to Newton give credit,
Who gave us the Laws all three. O-o-o-h ...

FINAL CHORUS: Laws of wonder, laws of might,
               Laws that steer the worlds aright,
               Never failing - we are hailing
               Your pow'r and mystery tonight!

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