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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Po (Eridanus), the River
The Swans of Eridan
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
 
(From Christ’s Triumph over Death)

SO down the silver streams of Eridan,
On either side banked with a lily wall,
Whiter than both rides the triumphant swan,
And sings his dirge, and prophecies his fall,
Diving into his watery funeral!        5
  But Eridan to Cedron must submit
  His flowery shore; nor can he envy it
If, when Apollo sings, his swans do silent sit.
 
 
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