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First Line: Light-winged smoke! Icarian bird
Last Line: And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.
Variant Title(s): "light-winged Smoke, Icarian Bird"";
Subject(s): Icarus; Mythology - Classical; Nature; Smoke


LIGHT-WINGED Smoke! Icarian bird,
Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight;
Lark without song, and messenger of dawn
Circling above the hamlets as thy nest;
Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form
Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts;
By night star-veiling, and by day
Darkening the light and bloating out the sun;
Go thou, my incense, upward from this hearth,
And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.




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