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THE SWALLOWS, by            
First Line: Night long I sigh, and soon as comes the day
Last Line: A dream and fold me in rhodanthe's arms.
Alternate Author Name(s): Agathias Scholasticos
Subject(s): Swallows

NIGHT long I sigh, and soon as comes the day
To grant me rest a little, in mine ears
The swallows' twittering sounds, and hunts away
Sweet sleep and drives me back again to tears:
Tight-shut I keep my eyes, and yet the thought
Of dear Rhodanthe haunts my heart once more.
Peace, peace, ye jealous prattlers! it was not
My hand the tongue of Philomela shore;
Wail o'er the hills for Itylus, or from
The hoopoe's craggy nest cry your alarms;
So may I drowse awhile: maybe will come
A dream and fold me in Rhodanthe's arms.

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