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David Dalton

Dec 14, 2022, 1:23:21 AM12/14/22
I mentioned this on alt.religion.druid recently and said I would
check my The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
when I returned to St. John’s, where I am now.


Swan thumb

A fifth thumb occurred when I thumbed an edition of The Complete Works of
William Shakespeare and it came out to a page where there is a line about
swan down on the crest of a wave. Then I noticed on the bed next to the book
there was a piece of down from the lining of my winter coat. From this I took
Swan to be one of my minor SSOSOSS deities and also Bird4 to be one of my
minor SSOSOSS deities if the down is from a bird species other than swan. I
don't remember the exact Shakespeare quote, I think it was comparing a
woman's indecision to a piece of swan down on the crest of the wave. But I
taped the down to the page I thumbed and I'll check that the next time I'm in
Lake View and will then put the exact quote and the play name here.

I have the book now, and the feather is now white, so it could be
swan down, though I thought it had some brown in 1996 or 1997
when the thumbing occurred.

The quote is from Anthony and Cleopatra, Act III, Scene II:

Anthony: Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can her heart
inform her tongue,---the swan’s down feather, that stands upon
the swell at the full of tide, and neither way inclines.

I haven’t read the whole play yet, and am not sure if the
quote is about Octavia or Cleopatra, but guess Cleopatra.

David Dalton (home page) Salmon on the Thorns (mystic page)
"I gaze upon the Cold Moon; 'Til the stars drown in the warm sea
And the bright eyes of my darling are never on me" (Traditional)

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