“Full Fathom Five,” from “Ariel’s Song”
This short but oft-quoted passage from The Tempest describes a dead man lying under the ocean with nymphs circling around his coral and pearl body, singing a song. Creepy!
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.