The Eagle

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of T. W. H. Crosland (London: Martin Secker, 1917): 167. PR 4518 C686A17
1They have him in a cage
2And little children run
3To offer him well-meant bits of bun,
4And very common people say, "My word!
5Ain't he a 'orrible bird!"
6And the smart, "How absurd!
7Poor, captive, draggled, downcast lord of the air!"
8Steadfast in his despair,
9He doth not rage;
10But with unconquerable eye
11And soul aflame to fly,


12] Ancient bestiaries taught that the eagle alone could look into the sun. This signified its godliness, because the sun symbolized Christ, God the Son. Back to Line
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Ian Lancashire
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