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Full Fadom Fiue Thy Father Lies

2    Of his bones are Corrall made:
3Those are pearles that were his eies,
4    Nothing of him that doth fade,
5But doth suffer a Sea-change
6Into something rich, & strange:
7Sea-Nimphs hourly ring his knell.
      Burthen:
8      ding-dong.
9Harke now I heare them, ding-dong, bell.

Notes

1] This is (invisible) Ariel's song deliberately mis-informing Ferdinand about the death of his father in the sea-storm.
fadom: fathom. Back to Line
 What thou lovest well remains,
                  the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
                or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
    Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI
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