Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
So, in the Libyan fable it is told That once an eagle, stricken with a dart, Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft, With our own feathers, not by others hand Are we now smitten. ÆschylusFragment. 123. Plumptres trans. The idea of the eagle struck by a feather from her own wing is proverbial. See note by Porson, 139, to Euripides Medea. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Reiskes ed. 970. Eustathiusad Iliad. P. 632. 489. ScholiastOn Lucian. Vol. I. P. 794. Roger L Estrange, Fables of Æsop. 48. Eagle and the Arrow.
So the struck eagle, stretched upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart, And wingd the shaft that quivered in his heart. ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 826.
Like a young eagle, who has lent his plume, To fledge the shaft by which he meets his doom, See their own feathers pluckd, to wing the dart, Which rank corruption destines for their heart! MooreCorruption.
He clasps the crag with hooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringd with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls: He watches from his mountain wails, And like a thunderbolt he falls. TennysonThe Eagle.
That eagles fate and mine are one, Which, on the shaft that made him die, Espied a feather of his own, Wherewith he wont to soar so high. Edmund WallerTo a Lady Singing a Song of his Composing. Ep. XIV.