1 – The Coral Tree
For there we lightly trip around The coral tree, And quickly beat the pearly ground,
2 – From Sea-Green Caves
The water sprites will wield their arms
And dash around, with roar and rave,
And vain are the woodland spirits’ charms,
They are the imps that role the waves.
3 – The Noon Sirens
We hear, in each cool sparry cave,
Plaint melody Sung by the mermaids of the wave, Aeolianly.
4 – The Echo Nymph
I float on the breath of a minstrel’s lute, Or the wandering sounds of a distant flute, Linger I over the tones that swell
From the pink-veined chords of an ocean shell.
5 – A Sea-born Knight
He mounted his steed of the water clear,
And sat on his saddle of sea-weed sere;
He held his bridle of strings of pearl,
Dug out of the depths where the sea-snakes curl.
6 – Mermaid’s Lullaby
Children dear, was it yesterday
We heard the sweet bells over the bay?
In the caverns where we lay,
Through the surf and through the swell,
The far-off sound of a silver bell?
7 – Sea Hunting
Shrill and clear their horns re-echo;
Then anon, from all around,
In the depth of the dim waters
Little mocking laughters sound.
8 – Naiad’s Rest Call
Green hills of slippery seaweed, wet and high
Where green-haired mermaids love full length to lie,
Their faces in the wet weed buried deep
Till, by their gambols tired, they fall asleep.
9 – Halls of Delight
This lofty cave’s a gorgeous palace gate Where some Sea-Genius holds royal state.
10 – The Passing of Una
Under Scaba’s shore,
Where the wild winds sigh and the breakers roar,
They dug her a grave by the water clear,
Among the seaweed, salt and sere.
11 – A Starlight Frolic
I love the Sun – I love the moon – So fair to see;
I love the little twinkling stars, And they love me.
12 – The Sweet Hush of Dawn
But they must go, the time draws on,
And those white-favour’d horses wait;
They rise, but linger; it is late;
Farewell, we kiss, and they are gone.