Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SWAN-AVIARY, by THOMAS WADE

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First Line: A thousand swans are o'er the waters sailing
Last Line: To the white pomp of that vast aviary!
Subject(s): Birds; Swans

A THOUSAND swans are o'er the waters sailing,
And others in the reeds and rushes brood,
And more are flying o'er the sunny flood;
And all move with a grandeur so prevailing,
That long we stand, without a breath inhaling,
In admiration of their multitude,
And the majestic grace with which endued
They float upon the waves, their pride regaling.
The sky is blue and golden; clear as glass,
The sea sweeps richly on the glowing shingle;
All vernal hues in the near woods commingle;
And exquisite beauty waves along the grass;
But these things seem but humbly tributary
To the white pomp of that vast aviary!

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