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WITNESS, by            
First Line: When I behold in labored fields
Last Line: A barren, frigid stall.
Subject(s): Animal Rights; Animal Abuse; Vivisection

When I behold in labored fields
An ox strain at its yoke,
I do not laugh as others laugh
Who are a thoughtless folk;

And when I meet in narrow streets
An ass that blocks my path,
I always stop to let it by
Though others speak in wrath.

Yet, they are beasts and I am man! --
Their brothers I recall
Who warmed a lowly infant in
A barren, frigid stall.

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