All the world is younger. Above the hay, above the cradle ó Smiling angels, smiling sparrows. Even the swans bring a gift of silver down to cover the Christ Child. Happiness fills the world.

(Juliusz Slowacki, Zlota czaszka, akt 1, sc. iii)

The Holy Motherís face touches that of her Son in a very human expression of motherly love as heaven and earth, symbolized by the angels and birds, offer praises. Tradition labels the swan as the bird of kings. Because the Holy Child is the king of the universe, it is fitting that swans give him homage

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