Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.
Birds of Passage
Flight the First. Birds of Passage
come i gru van cantando lor lai,
Facendo in aer di sè lunga riga.
This poem, originally published in The Seaside and the Fireside, afforded the poet a convenient title under which to group successively poems contributed to various periodicals, especially Putnams Monthly and The Atlantic Monthly; it has therefore been made the introductory poem. The several Flights were printed as the miscellaneous poems in volumes containing longer works. The first was contained in the volume which held The Courtship of Miles Standish.