Once there came a man
'Range me all men of the world in rows.'
There was terrific clamor among the people
Against being ranged in rows,
There was a loud quarrel, world-wide.
It endured for ages;
And blood was shed
By those who would not stand in rows,
And by those who pined to stand in rows.
Eventually, the man went to death, weeping.
And those who stayed in bloody scuffle
Knew not the great simplicity.
(1871 - 1900)