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Thursday, July 6, 2017

HIS BROTHERS CRIED, "BE QUIET! YOU'RE A FOOL!" (5)

Meranda


Long ago, and far below the sea's gigantic gale,

Meranda lived -- a mermaid with a most becoming tail.

Her face was sweet and merry, and her voice, enchanting,

very,

As it mingled, light and airy, with the ocean's somber

scale.


King Neptune heard and was so stirred, he called his

wizards three.

"I want to keep Meranda's song!  It must not die!" said
he.

"Come, wizard and magician!  Show your skill and your

ambition,

And grant the wish I'm wishin'!  Catch this lovely song

for me!"



The wisest of the wizards did not have to ponder long.

Said he with verve, "A shell will serve to hold Meranda's
song!"

His brothers cried, "Be quiet!  You're a fool!  You can't
deny it!"

But the king replied, "Let's try it!  This will prove him

right or wrong!"


Meranda, then, began again her captivating art.

She held a shell and sang to it while Neptune stood

apart.

She charmed the king completely with the tune she trilled

so sweetly --

And the shell retained it neatly in its iridescent heart.

                                              Grace Lawrence

Go find a shell and listen well and tell me what you

hear.

Though wave and wind have dimmed and thinned that

singing, once so clear,

Through walls of pink and yellow you will hear the

ocean's cello . . .

And a murmur, soft and mellow, will whisper in your ear.




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