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The silver swan

Language: English

The silver swan who, living, had no note,
when death approached, unlocked 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]1 eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise."



Translation(s): GER FRE

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1 Bachlund, Baxter, Rorem: "my"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * GER German (Martin Stock) , "Der Silberschwan", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Dwain Richardson) , "Le cygne argenté", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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