Seven swans a-swimming

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

Seven swans a-swimming

Six geese a-laying,

Five gold rings,

Four calling birds, three French hens,

Two turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree.

 

In the Eulogy published as part of the first folio, Ben Jonson called Shakespeare “the Swan of Avon”.

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