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AN APPRECIATION, by            
First Line: Clinical thermometer, / infallible barometer
Last Line: I have proof positive I'm dead!
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness

Clinical thermometer,
Infallible barometer,
How should I know if sick or well,
Were you, my guide, not there to tell?

For though I may feel passing ill,
Let me behold you tarry still
At six good tenths plus ninety-eight --
My symptoms quickly dissipate.

While when, though feeling strong and fit,
Full ninety-nine I see you hit,
My error I'm not slow to own
With sigh and languor, plaint and groan.

And if, refusing cold to soar,
You drop instead to ninety-four,
My doubts dissolve, false hopes are sped --
I have proof positive I'm dead!

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