Saturday, December 25, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010


My computer has a bug. Hopefully it will be fixed over Christmas. I have a post scheduled for the 25th but the eclogues won't continue until after. As you can imagine it is a lot of typing that will have to wait for my home computer to be fixed.

To Mr. Congreve

As merchants whose sunk trade, and ebbing stocks
Fear every storm, and dread the lurking rocks,
Above her real worth their bark ensure,
Then carelss hug themselves, and sleep secure;
They hear of wrecks, and fear no inward pain,
But seeming losses bring a real gain.
So, would your smiles protect the fearful muse, The vulgar praise I would with scorn refuse.
By you approv'd, condemn'd by all beside,
I'd court my fate, and swell with careless pride.
Since novel treats our modern gusts persue,
I hop'd at least to please by something new.
The muse long sought the woods, and mossy caves,
Despis'd the seas, and fear'd the rowling waves,
The flowry meadows, and the whispering trees
Have oft been sung, and will hereafter please.
Cool shady grots, and gently rising hills,
And the soft murmurs of complaining rills,
In ancient verse describ'd their sweets convey,
And still succeeding bards repeat the grateful lay.
But the vast unseen mansions of the deep,
Where secret groves with liquid amber weep,
Where blushing sprigs of knotty coral spread
And gild the azure with a brighter red,
Were still untouch'd -
Beside the muse has no envenom'd rage,
No party-wars her innocence engage,
Nor partial falshoods stain the guilty page.
She loves no pompous sound, or lofty strain,
Or soars to sense obscure with awkward pain,
But would plain songs in artless verse contrive,
And humble modes only asks to dive.
Joys free, and undisturb'd, and endless loves
The Triton seeks, and ev'ry Nymph approves.
    But should the harmless pen have no regard,
Your name (like sacred spells that charm when
From blasting tongues secure the tender bard,
The beauteous Nymphs to your protection throng,
And beg, you would not scorn the humble song:
As Indian travellers wild beasts affright
By kindled fires, and skreen themselves with light.
So critick-wits, like other brutes of prey,
From a surrounding brightness slink away.
Men dare not censure (even when they ought)
If Virgil will approve what Maevious wrote.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

William Diaper

Here is a young fellow has writ some Sea Eclogues, poems of Mermen, resembling pastorals of shepherds, and they are very pretty, and the thought is new. Mermen are he-mermaids; Tritons, natives of the sea. Do you understand me? I think to recommend him to our Society to-morrow. His name is Diaper. P— on him, I must do something for him, and get him out of the way. I hate to have any new wits rise, but when they do rise I would encourage them; but they tread on our heels and thrust us off the stage. - Jonathan Swift

William Diaper (1685–1717) is a somewhat obscure poet, more appreciated in his time than in ours. Little is known of his life, and he died at a young age leaving us only a few works to appreciate. His most important work, published in 1712, was Nereides, or Sea-Eclogues. It was a lovely attempt to recreate the pastoral. It consists of fourteen dialogues of the sea nymphs and tritons.

Tracking down these Eclogues has been a task (of course after purchasing the book, Amazon put up several.)

My Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift to you all is putting them up for you to enjoy! Starting tomorrow I will put up one a day until they are finished.


Saturday, December 18, 2010


I've mentioned Glaucus before on this blog. He was a rather lucky fisherman in my opinion (despite what happened to Scylla.)

According to mythology, Glaucaus was a Boetian fisherman. One day he landed upon an island that he had never heard of. There were no signs of anyone on the island and so he decided to stay awhile. He laid out his catch on the grass and laid himself nearby to nap. As he was drifting off to sleep he heard a strange noise.  Looking up he was shocked to see his fish, revived and heading off to sea. Amazed he looked around trying to discover what had caused this miracle. The only thing he could imagine was that there was something special about the grass. He ate some of the grass and was overcome with a longing for the sea. His legs transformed into a fishtail and his hair and beard turned sea-green.
At first Glaucus was unhappy about his transformation but the other tritons and sea gods welcomed him with open arms. Oceanus and Tethys cleansed him of his mortal element and taught him the art of prophecy.
Unfortunately it was shortly after this that Glaucus fell in love with Scylla and went to Circe, and we all know how well that turned out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on How I Met Your Mother

I've never seen the show, but I have heard about it. On December sixth there was a new episode called "The mermaid theory."

I'm not really sure what's going on in the show in the long term but the mermaid theory is rather funny. I did enjoy seeing the characters dressed up as mermaids and manatees.

Check out the full episode here

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stop on by for a fantastic show!

Guess who is performing here in February.... Jodi Benson!!! That's right, Ariel!

She'll be here in Myrtle Beach at the  Myrtle Beach High School Performing Arts Center on Robert Grissom Parkway February 26 at 7:30 PM. The show is presented by  The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach and The Long Bay Symphony. She and Doug Labrecque will be preforming "Motion Picture Magicc - Music From the Movies."

I keep hassling the Sea Captain every time we see the commercial. I say "We NEED to get tickets." He sighs and rolls his eyes and I say "But it's Jooodi Bensooon....It's Ariel!" In my best whine.

If I manage to get tickets I'll let you all know!

For tickets or more information call 843.448.8379

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ursula Fashion Inspiration

Fashion Inspirations now has started doing the Disney Villains! They've got Dr. Facillier, the Evil Queen from Snow White and Ursula up so far! Just like the princesses each villain has at least three outfits inspired by what they wear in the film.  Check them out!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Glen Keane talks Ariel

Tomorrow (Saturday Dec 11) at 5pm the Egyptian theater in Hollywood will be showing The Little Mermaid! After that Glen Keane, who just happened to design Ariel, will be answering questions for Charles Solomon and discussing his work. If you can't make it (I know I can't) you can check out some of his character designs here

You can get your tickets here

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Fisherman and his Soul

This story was written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1892 in a short story collection. It was dedicated to Dedicated to H.S.H. Alice, the Princess of Monaco.

The story was just too long to keep here. I got a few complaints actually. So you can read it here or here. You can even listen to it here!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mermaids at the Georgia Aquarium

Throughout the month of December (until Jan 2nd) there will be Weeki Wachee mermaids preforming at the Ga Aquarium in Atlanta!!

The mermaids will be preforming in the largest aquarium vewing window in North America. They will swim with whale sharks (the worlds largest fish,) the only manta rays in a United States aquarium, and various other fishes!

The mermaid shows are fifteen minutes long and are at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Aquarium will also be getting two new Beluga's, Grayson who is three and Qinu (pronounced kee-nu) who is two. They will be joining the other two Beluga's, Maris and Beethoven. When I last went to the Aquarium the Belugas were my favorite exhibit!

If you're in the area, I definitely recommend heading to the aquarium for a fin-tastic show this holiday season!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

I'm Back

I feel like it's been years since I've posted! I'm back and we're full into the holidays! I've got a series of special posts planned closer to Christmas (I certainly hope you enjoy them) but until then I've got plenty of good posts planned!

It's good to be back!
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