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EAGLES
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

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."
      - Aeschylus, Fragment,
        (Plumptre's translation), 123

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIV, v. 28)

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 wing'd the shaft that quivered in his heart.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 826)

Tho' he inherit
  Not the pride, nor ample pinion,
    That the Theban eagle bear,
      Sailing with supreme dominion
        Thro' the azure deep of air.
      - Thomas Gray, Progress of Poesy

King of the peak and glacier,
  King of the cold, white scalps,
    He lifts his head at that close tread,
      The eagle of the Alps.
      - Victor Hugo, Swiss Mercenaries

The bird of Jove, stoop'd from his aery tour,
  Two birds of gayest plume before him drove.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 184)

Like a young eagle, who has lent his plume
  To fledge the shaft by which he meets his doom,
    See their own feathers pluck'd, to wing the dart,
      Which rank corruption destines for their heart!
      - Thomas Moore, Corruption

Bird of the broad and sweeping wing,
  Thy home is high in heaven,
    Where wide the storms their banners fling,
      And the tempest clouds are driven.
      - James Gates Percival, To the Eagle

And little eagles wave their wings in gold.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Moral Essays--Epistle to Addison (l. 30)

Last night the very gods showed me a vision--
  I fast and prayed for their intelligence--thus:
    I saw Jove's bird, the Roman eagle, winged
      From the spongy south to this part of the west,
        There vanished in the sunbeams; which portends,
          Unless my sins abuse my divination,
            Success to th' Roman host.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Soothsayer at IV, ii)

My free drift
  Halts not particularly, but moves itself
    In a wide sea of wax; no levelled malice
      Infects one comma in the course I hold,
        But flies an eagle flight, bold and forth on,
          Leaving no tract behind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Poet at I, i)

The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
  And is not careful what they mean thereby,
    Knowing that with the shadow of his wings
      He can at pleasure stint their melody:
        Even so mayest thou the giddy men of Rome.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Tamora at IV, iv)

The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
  And is not careful what they mean thereby.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Tamora at IV, iv)

Around, around in ceaseless circles wheeling
  With clangs of wings and scream, the Eagle sailed
    Incessantly.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam
         (canto I, st. 10)

Eagles we see fly alone; and they are but sheep which always herd together.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Shall eagles not be eagles? wrens be wrens?
  If all the world were falcons, what of that?
    The wonder of the eagle were the less,
      But he not less the eagle.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Golden Year (l. 37)

He clasps the crag with hooked hands;
  Close to the sun in lonely lands,
    Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
      The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls:
        He watches from his mountain walls,
          And like a thunderbolt he falls.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Eagle

Other birds fight in flocks, but the eagle fights his battles alone.
      - Unknown

That eagle's 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 Waller,
        To a Lady Singing a Song of his Composing
         (ep. XIV)


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