Orlando Gibbons

(1583 - 1625 / England)

The Silver Swan, Who Living Had No Note


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

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie Jack Williams (10/11/2009 6:49:00 PM)

    It's easy to read a lot of different meanings into this one. I like that in a poem. There should not have to be a 'true' meaning. (Report) Reply

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