What a miserable sound the stroke of the swans' wings has compared with ours!
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
The Phoenix ignored his struggling and continued to climb with tremendous wing strokes.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
And as he stroked her wings she was changed into a beautiful woman, and he recognised his dear wife.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
He swims with smooth breast-stroke, his feet and hands below the water, but his wings raised above.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
I cannot count or distinguish the separate stroke of its wings.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Soon the powerful strokes of his wings drove him at great speed upwards, and he bounded ever higher towards the stars.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
When she stroked him he spread out his long wings with orange feathers like a fan, which glittered with large oval eyes.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Each stroke was like the flapping of wings of some lonely straying soul.
"Iolanthe's Wedding" by Hermann Sudermann
With one stroke of the wing, it freed itself and disappeared in the night darkness.
"Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls" by Anna Cogswell Tyler
The leap carried him almost through, but not far enough for him to get another stroke of his wings.
"The Ledge on Bald Face" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The wing to act efficiently must be driven at a certain speed, and in such a manner that the down and up strokes shall glide into each other.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Each worked on a wing, spreading it with sure swift strokes across the base of the scene.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
Then, with soothing voice and wrinkled hand, the old nurse slowly stroked the painful wing till it became smooth.
"Psyche" by Louis Couperus
They caressed her, stroked her trembling wings, and begged her to tell them what had happened.
"The Sun's Babies" by Edith Howes
Swerving craftily, he caught the stroke in his wing feathers and smothered it, buffeting it down.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The words seemed to hamper the bold wing strokes of his inspiration.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
In vain did the white birds flit around her head, stroking her cheeks with their soft wings.
"Fairy Circles" by Unknown
Every labored stroke of his unsteady wings told of a long struggle with the winter death.
"A Watcher in The Woods" by Dallas Lore Sharp
As it sprang up, it gave a hoarse cry and flapped off with labored strokes of its broad wings.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
He would sidle up to them and caress them, stroking their backs and wings with his bill.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
Twelve strokes pound out and roll;
The huge walls writhe and shake
O'er hissing things with taloned wings--
Christ Jesus, let me wake!
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
“’Call it a heart, and call it strong
As upward stroke of eagle’s wing;
Then call it weak, you shall not wrong
The beating thing.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
We leap for joy, we shout and sing,
Who just escaped the fatal stroke;
So flies the bird with cheerful wing,
When once the fowler's snare is broke.
"Psalm 124" by Isaac Watts
Between her silvery arching wings,
The guardian bird had lodg'd the child;
And forward as her broad foot springs,
At every stroke the infant smil'd.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
The stroke was sudden, and the tidings came
Swift flashing from the south on wings of flame.
A standard-bearer for the truth lies low;
The Church of Christ hath deeply felt the blow.
"Elegiac Verses" by Janet Hamilton
To the lap and hiss of the floor.
And "Sleep, little sister," the swan all sang
From the moon and stars and frogs of the floor.
But the swan my sister called, "Sleep at last, little sister,"
And stroked all night, with a black wing, my wings.
"The Black Swan" by Randall Jarrell