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Short poem

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

The Silver Swan, Who Living Had No Note

              1  The silver swan, who living had no note.
              2When death approach'd, unlock'd her silent throat;
              3Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
              4Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more.
              5Farewell, all joys; O Death, come close mine eyes;
              6More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Orlando Gibbons, The first set of madrigals and mottets of 5 parts (London: T. Snodham, 1612). STC 11826
First publication date: 1612
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.238; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/17

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