"Rocked in the cradle of the deep."

Emma Millard


"Children dear, was it yesterday
We heard the sweet bells over the bay
In the caverns where we lay,
Through the surf and the swell,
The far-off sound of silver bell?
Sand-strewn caverns, cool and deep,
where the winds are all asleep;
Where the spent lights quiver and gleam;
Where the salt weed sways in the stream;
Where the sea-beasts raged all around
Feed in the daze of their pasture-ground;
where the sea-snakes coil and twine,
Dry their mail and bask in the brine;
where great whales come sailing by,
Sail and sail, with unshut eye,
Round the world foe ever and aye;
When did music come this way?
Children dear, was it yesterday?"

From the Forsaken Merman by Arnold

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