- My gentle Puck, come hither.
- Thou rememberest since
- Once I sat upon a promontory,
- And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
- Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
- That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
- And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
- To hear the sea-maid's music?
A Midsummer Night's Dream -excerpt-
A Mermaid by Sir Joseph NoŽl Paton
- Antipholus of Syracruse:
- O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,
- To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears.
- Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote;
- Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs,
- And as a bed I'll take them and there lie,
- And in that glorious supposition think
- He gains by death that hath such means to die;
- Let Love, being light, be drowned if she sink!
Comedy of Errors -excerpt-
- Full fathom five thy father lies;
- Of his bones are coral made;
- Those are pearls that were his eyes:
- Nothing of him that doth fade
- But doth suffer a sea-change
- Into something rich and strange.
- Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
- Burthen Ding-dong
- Hark! now I hear them,--Ding-dong, bell.
The Tempest -excerpt-