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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Fancy: II. Fairies: Elves: Sprites
Songs of Ariel
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “The Tempest,” Act I. Sc. 2.

I.
COME unto these yellow sands,
    And then take hands;
Court’sied when you have, and kissed.
    (The wild waves whist!)
Foot it featly here and there;        5
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
    Hark, hark!
  Burthen [dispersedly]—Bow-wow.
    The watch-dogs bark—
  Burthen [dispersedly]—Bow-wow.        10
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer
Cry Cock-a diddle-dow.
 
II.
Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;        15
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:        20
  Burthen.—Ding-dong!
Hark! now I hear them—ding, dong, bell!
 
II.
Act V. Sc. 1.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I:
In a cowslip’s bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry;        25
On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily, shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
 
 
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