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First Line: He will watch the hawk with an indifferent eye
Last Line: Hands, wings, are found.
Alternate Author Name(s): Spender, Stephen (harold), Sir
Subject(s): Air Force - United States; Aviation & Aviators; Birds; Hawks; War - Casualties (statistics, Etc.)

He will watch the hawk with an indifferent eye
Or pitifully;
Nor on those eagles that so feared him, now
Will strain his brow;
Weapons men use, stone, sling and strong-thewed bow
He will not know.

This artistocrat, superb of all instinct,
With death close-linked
Had paced the enormous cloud, almost had won
War on the sun;
Till now, like Icarus mid-ocean-drowned,
Hands, wings, are found.

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