FULL FATHOM FIVE THY FATHER LIES

The TempestMovie-Clipping-4Come 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.

          Hark, hark!

Bow-wow!

          The watch-dogs bark.

Bow, wow.

          Hark, hark! I hear

          The strain of strutting chanticleer

          Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.

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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:

                                   Ding-dong.

Hark! now I hear them–Ding-dong, bell.

~~ Shakespeare, Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies taken from The Tempest~~

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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.

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