Orlando Gibbons: The Silver Swan
Published in The first Set of Madrigals and Motets of 5. Parts, 1612 .
The silver swan, who living had no note
When death approached unlocked her silent throat;
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sang her first and last and sang no more:
[Farewell all joys; O death come close mine eyes:
More geese than swans now live,
more fools than wise.]
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