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The swan is not without cause dedicated to Apollo, because foreseeing his happiness in death, he dies with singing and pleasure. [Lat., Cignoni non sine causa Apoloni dicata sint, quod ab eo divinationem habere videantur, qua providentes quid in morte boni sit, cum cantu et voluptate moriantur.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 30)

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Thus does the white swan, as he lies on the wet grass, when the Fates summon him, sing at the fords of Maeander.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 438)

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The swan on still St. Mary's lake Float double, swan and shadow!

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: Yarrow Unvisited

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All our geese are swans.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. 14)

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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.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto III, st. 86, 16)

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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.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 30)

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The immortal swan that did her life deplore.

Giles Fletcher ("The Younger") Quotes , Source: Temptation and Victory of Christ

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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.

Phineas Fletcher Quotes , Source: Purple Island (canto I)

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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.

Heinrich Heine Quotes , Source: Early Poems--Evening Songs (no. 2)

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The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood.

Heinrich Heine Quotes , Source: Early Poems--Evening Songs (no. 2)

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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue--the swan's down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, ii)

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We bodged again, as I have been a swan With bootless labor swim against the tide And spend her strength with overmatching waves.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan, Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death, And from the organ-pipe of fraity sings His soul and body to their lasting rest.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Prince Henry at V, vii)

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Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)

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I will play the swan, And die in music.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Emilia at V, ii)

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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.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes , Source: The Dying Swan

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Some full-breasted swan That, fluting a wild carol ere her death, Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood With swarthy webs.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes , Source: Passing of Arthur

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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.

James Thomson (1) Quotes , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 775)

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

Thomas Hood Quotes , Source: Her Honeymoon

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The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. LXXVII)

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The swan, with arched neck Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 438)

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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.

Socrates Quotes , Source: see Plato's "Phaedo", 77

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The swan in the pool is singing, And up and down doth he steer, And, singing gently ever, Dips under the water clear.

Heinrich Heine Quotes , Source: Book of Songs--Lyrical Interlude (no. 64)

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The jelous swan, agens hire deth that syngith.

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes , Source: The Parlement of Fowles (l. 342)

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Coal-black is better than another hue In that it scorns to bear another hue; 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.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Titus Andronicus (Aaron at IV, ii)

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