The dying swan is said to utter a pleasing song, and the poets have for ages attested its truth. We will give a few specimens. Foreseeing how happy it is to die, they leave this world with singing and joy. Yonges Cicero.Tusculan Disputations, Book I. Div. 30.
[And see Spenser, in the Ruins of Time; Shakespeare, in the Merchant of Venice, Act III. Scene 2King John, Act V. Scene 7Othello, Act V. Scene 2; Cowley, in his Pyramus and Thisbe; Garth, in the Dispensary; Pope, in Windsor ForestRape of the LockWinter a Pastoral; Priors Turtle and Sparrow; Fentons Florelio; Lansdowne, in the Muses Dying Song; and Shelley, in the Alastor.]