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 them–Ding-dong, bell.
~~ Shakespeare, Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies taken from The Tempest~~
The spirit Ariel sings this song to Ferdinand, Prince of Naples, who thinks that his father has drowned. This poem is about changes and death: a person`s death is not the end, but transmutes into something strange and valuable beyond the comprehension of mortal man; death is seen as meaningful change, because man is a part of nature and will be recycled back into her green machine, to be warmly welcomed into the eternal heaven of Mother Nature`s arms by nymphs ringing a bell to hearken the new arrival. Human life is short when judged by the passing of eternity, and we come and go with natural progression: but we are never wasted as if we had never existed; every breath of every person who has ever lived still surrounds us and fills our lungs, to be breathed out and passed on until the end of time.