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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
673. The Watch of a Swan
By Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
I READ somewhere that a swan, snow-white,
In the sun all day, in the moon all night,
Alone by a little grave would sit
  Waiting, and watching it.
Up out of the lake her mate would rise,        5
And call her down with his piteous cries
Into the waters still and dim:—
  With cries she would answer him.
Hardly a shadow would she let pass
Over the baby’s cover of grass;        10
Only the wind might dare to stir
  The lily that watched with her.
Do I think that the swan was an angel? Oh,
I think it was only a swan, you know,
That for some sweet reason, wingëd and wild,        15
  Had the love of a bird for a child.


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