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:
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On 7/27/2012 9:05 PM, Chokh Raj wrote:
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That's interesting. Google gets me to this page: 

Thanks, Peter.

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.,