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The Swan's Song

by Carter Revard

Garbed in silence     I go on earth,
dwell among men     or move on the waters
Yet far over halls     of heroes in time
my robes and the high     air may raise
and bear me up     in heaven's power
over all nations.     My ornaments then
are singing glories,     and I go in song
bright as a star,     unstaying above
the world's wide waters,     as a wayfaring soul.





Copyright © Carter Revard, 1999.
First published in An Eagle Nation.
Reprinted by permission.