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MERMAIDS
[ Also see Apparitions Fairies Ocean Superstition Visions Wonder ]

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.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou rememb'rest
  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.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i)

O train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,
  To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears!
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Antipholus of Syracuse at III, ii)

Who would be
  A mermaid fair,
    Singing alone,
      Combing her hair
        Under the sea,
          In a golden curl
            With a comb of pearl,
              On a throne?
                I would be a mermaid fair;
                  I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
                    With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
                      And still as I comb I would sing and say,
                        "Who is it loves me? who loves not me?"
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Mermaid

Slow sail'd the weary mariners and saw,
  Betwixt the green brink and the running foam,
    Sweet faces, rounded arms, and bosoms prest
      To little harps of gold; and while they mused
        Whispering to each other half in fear,
          Shrill music reach'd them on the middle sea.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Sea Fairies


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