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First Line: A little black bird flies over the world
Last Line: And again it flies fluting over the world.
Subject(s): Birds; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


A little black bird flies over the world,
its song bears death's own sorrow...
Who hears it, heeds nothing more he hears,
who hears it does himself mortal harm,
he never again looks sunward.

Each dark midnight, each dread midnight
it rests its wings on the finger of death.
He strokes it softly and tells it low:
"Fly, my little bird! Fly, my little bird!"
And again it flies fluting over the world.





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