A sudden blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in the bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. How can those terrified vague fingers push The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? And how can body, laid in that white rush, But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning roof and tower And Agamemnon dead. Being so caught up, So mastered by the brute blood of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
Cygnology (Three Songs on Leda and the Swan)
Song Cycle by Elias Tanenbaum
?. Leda and the Swan  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "Leda and the Swan", appears in The Tower [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, The Tower, Macmillan and Co., St. Martin Street, London, 1928, page 51.
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