Mermaid As Muse

John William Waterhouse: A Mermaid - 1901

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

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