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From the April 1883 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Golden Rule

          Most strange!
Most queer—although most excellent a change!
Shades of the prison-house, ye disappear!
My fettered thoughts have won a wider range,
          And like my legs, are free;
No longer huddled up so pitiably:
Free now to pry and probe, and peep and peer,
          And make these mysteries out.
Shall a free-thinking chicken live in doubt?
For now no doubt undoubtedly I am:
This problem's very heavy on my mind,
And I'm not one to either shirk or sham;
I won't be blinded, and I won't be blind.

          Now let me see:
First, I would know how did I get in there?
          Then, where was I of yore?
Besides, why didn't I get out before?
          Dear me!
Here are three puzzles (out of plenty more),
Enough to give me pip upon the brain!
          But let me think again:
How do I know I ever was inside?
Now I reflect, it is I do maintain
Less than my reason, and beneath my pride,
          To think that I could dwell
In such a paltry miserable cell 
          As that old shell.
Of course I couldn't! How could I have lain,
Body and beak, and feathers, legs and wings,
And my deep heart's imaginings,
          In there?
I meet the notion with profound disdain;
It's quite incredible; since I declare
(And I'm a chicken that you can't deceive,)
What I can't understand, I won't believe.

Where did I come from, then? Ah! where, indeed?
This is a riddle monstrous hard to read.
          I have it! Why, of course,
All things are moulded by some plastic force
Out of some atoms somewhere up in space.
Fortuitously concurrent anyhow:—
          There, now!
That's plain as is the beak upon my face.

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