|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|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.
|Lamenting, in a low voice, her very woes, as when the swan, now about to die, sings his own funeral dirge.|
Rileys Ovid, Metamorphoses, Picus and Canens, Page 499.
|Thus does the white swan, as he lies on the wet grass, when the Fates summon him, sing at the fords of Mæander.|
Rileys Ovid.Epistle 7, Page 63.
| [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.]|| 4|
|And sung his dying sonnets to the fiddle.|
Peter Pindar.The Lousiad, Canto 1.