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There's a double beauty whenever a swan
Swims on a lake with her double thereon.

Swans, genus Cygnus, are large water birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 772-73.
  • All our geese are swans.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part I, Section II. Memb. 3. Subsect. 14.
  • Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
    Where nothing save the waves and I
    May hear our mutual murmurs sweep;
    There, swan-like, let me sing and die.
  • The jelous swan, agens hire deth that syngith.
  • Cignoni non sine causa Apoloni dicati sint, quod ab eo divinationem habere videantur, qua providentes quid in morte boni sit, cum cantu et voluptate moriantur.
    • The swan is not without cause dedicated to Apollo because, foreseeing his happiness in death, he dies with singing and pleasure.
    • Cicero, Tusculanarum Disputationum, I. 30.
  • Death darkens his eyes, and unplumes his wings,
    Yet the sweetest song is the last he sings:
    Live so, my Love, that when death shall come,
    Swan-like and sweet it may waft thee home.
  • The immortal swan that did her life deplore.
  • The dying swan, when years her temples pierce,
    In music-strains breathes out her life and verse,
    And, chanting her own dirge, tides on her wat'ry hearse.
  • The swan in the pool is singing,
    And up and down doth he steer,
    And, singing gently ever,
    Dips under the water clear.
  • 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.
  • The swan, like the soul of the poet,
    By the dull world is ill understood.
  • There's a double beauty whenever a swan
    Swims on a lake with her double thereon.
  • The swan murmurs sweet strains with a faltering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book XIII, Epistle LXXVII.
  • The swan, with arched neck
    Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows
    Her state with oary feet.
  • Thus does the white swan, as he lies on the wet grass, when the
    Fates summon him, sing at the fords of Mæander.
    • Ovid, Epigram VII. Riley's translation.
  • As I have seen a swan
    With bootless labour swim against the tide
    And spend her strength with over-matching waves.
  • I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan,
    Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death;
    And, from the organ-pipe of frailty, sings
    His soul and body to their lasting rest.
  • For all the water in the ocean,
    Can never turn the swan's black legs to white,
    Although she lave them hourly in the flood.
  • You think that upon the score of fore-knowledge and divining I am infinitely inferior to the swans. When they perceive approaching death they sing more merrily than before, because of the joy they have in going to the God they serve.
  • The wild swan's death-hymn took the soul
    Of that waste place with joy
    Hidden in sorrow: at first to the ear
    The warble was low, and full and clear.
  • Some full-breasted swan
    That, fluting a wild carol ere her death,
    Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood
    With swarthy webs.
  • 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.
  • The swan on still St. Mary's lake
    Float double, swan and shadow!

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