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Sorry, memory corrupted. Better is:

Lead, kindly fowl! They always did: ask the ages. What bird has done 
yesterday man may do next year, be it fly, be it moult, be it hatch, be 
it agreement in the nest.


On 7/27/2012 9:34 PM, Ken Armstrong wrote:
> "Lead, kindly fowl, they always did, whether it be...."
>
> On 7/27/2012 9:05 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
>> That's interesting. Google gets me to this page:
>>
>> http://wordinfo.info/unit/258?spage=16&letter=A
>>
>> Thanks, Peter.
>>   CR
>>
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>> *From:* P <[log in to unmask]>
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>>
>> E. is using something mickey-mouse? to explain a serious literary 
>> principle. He compounds it by using an adjective, auspicious, which 
>> is rooted in another form of fortune telling, bird flight. In those 
>> years, 1923?, fortune telling was rife, esp. with Madame Blavatsky 
>> and theosophy. She is the great grandmother of Tom Cruise. Would one 
>> use Scientology to exemplify Modernism?
>> Its a joke. Irony.,