(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)
This line is from Shakespeare, the Tempest, Act II sc. 2.
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.
Your father lies five whole fathoms below,
His bones have turned to coral now.
His eyes have turned to pearls.
There’s nothing left of him,
He’s undergone a complete sea change
And become something rich and strange.
Sea nymphs ring his death bell every hour.
SPIRITS (refrain, offstage)
Listen, I hear them.
Ding dong, bell.
(1 fathom = 6 feet)
The Tempest could be read as a vegetation myth as well, because the king of Naples did not actually drown as the characters are lead to believe, and ‘resurrects’ in a way when it becomes clear that he hadn’t.
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