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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Swan
 
        The swan, like the soul of the poet,
By the dull world is ill understood.
Heine.    
  1
  The swan murmurs sweet strains with a faltering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge.
Martial.    
  2
              The swan, with arched neck
Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
Her state with oary feet.
Milton.    
  3
        The swan in the pool is singing,
  And up and down doth he steer,
And, singing gently ever,
  Dips under the water clear.
Heine.    
  4
                    As I have seen a swan
With bootless labour swim against the tide
And spend her strength with over-matching waves.
Shakespeare.    
  5
                    The stately-sailing swan
Gives out his snowy plumage to the gale;
And, arching proud his neck, with oary feet
Bears forward fierce, and guards his osier isle,
Protective of his young.
Thomson.    
  6
        And over the pond are sailing
  Two swans all white as snow;
Sweet voices mysteriously wailing
  Pierce through me as onward they go.
They sail along, and a ringing
  Sweet melody rises on high;
And when the swans begin singing,
  They presently must die.
Heine.    
  7
 
 
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