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First Line: Yon black man-of-war-hawk that wheels in the light
Last Line: To the placid supreme in the sweep of his reign.
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks; Ships & Shipping


Yon black man-of-war hawk that wheels in the light
O'er the black ship's white sky-s'l, sunned cloud to the sight,
Have we low-flyers wings to ascend to his height?

No arrow can reach him; nor thought can attain
To the placid supreme in the sweep of his reign.






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