William Shakespeare (1564-1616)|
from The Tempest
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
The wild waves whist,
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
The watch-dogs bark.
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer
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:
Hark! now I hear themDing-dong, bell.
In Act I, Scene II of The Tempest, the "airy Spirit" Ariel is ordered
by Prospero to lead the shipwrecked Ferdinand to him. She does this by
invisibly singing the above song to gain his attention and guide him by
the sound of her voice.
The second stanza is of particular
relevance to Ferdinand since his father drowned.
Ariel's Song can be found, for example, in:
Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare's Comedy of the Tempest.
William J. Rolfe, Ed. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1892.
The second stanza can be found under the title Full Fathom Five,
for example, in:
Ferguson, Margaret, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy, eds.
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
(Fourth Edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.