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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Sea Dirge
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “The Tempest,” Act I. Scene 1

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        5
Into something rich and strange.
Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell:
              Ding-dong.
  Hark! now I hear them,—
          Ding-dong, bell!        10
 
 
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