(Grandville: Although this is for a different fable, it works for this one, too!)
M0532 = Perry233. Source: De Furia 288. This is Perry 233. For another fable about the swan and its song, see #537. The ‘swan song’ was a legend known in both ancient Greece and Rome. Plato’s Phaedo contains a discussion of the reason why swans supposedly sing at the moment of their death; in his Natural History, Pliny claims that he conducted “experiments” which disproved the legend.