She wandered by the riverside To drown her sorrows in the tide: "I am alone in this vile world, My only friends are beasts and birds; They pass away - unknown, unsung, While I am destined to stay young! The soul - once hurt - forever mourns - My woeful heart is pierced by thorns! The solitude, which I adored, Brings sorrow now - and nothing more…" The sombre waters lured her in, As if the dark, beguiling stream Has whispered softly in her ear: "Come here, you're not alone, my dear!" The Dryad hid a heavy stone Beneath her dress - "All will be gone!" She uttered, overwhelmed with grief: "May Thanatos bring me relief!" The sun was sinking in the waves; At last, she felt a warm embrace… Embosomed by an ocean whiff, Appeared her saviour - the Nymph. She caught the Dryad in her arms Succumbing to unearthly charms Of this fair creature bound to earth; Is it a blessing or a curse - The meeting of the Sea and Land? "Come slowly, dear, hold my hand…" The water fairy murmured so, "And I will take you back to shore!" The Dryad smiled, "Now I know Whose voice, soft as the moonlight glow, I heard while drifting off to sleep! This tender music made me weep - It seemed to come out of the blue…" "You dreamt of me?" - "I thought of you." The Nymph has rescued her and sighed: "If only Day could marry Night!" At once, the universe eclipsed - The Dryad kissed her crimson lips. They've been together ever since, Although if you are not convinced - Look up into the sky at noon: There dwells a shadow of the moon Concealed behind a wispy cloud - The water Nymph became, no doubt, Inseparable from the sun; She blossoms when the day is done, And in the waltzing stars above The Dryad writes her songs of love.
- Melisande in the Wood by Rhona Olive (Pixie) O’Harris
- Little Mermaid from the 1903 Dr. Miles’ Pain Pills Calendar
- The Nymph and the Dryad from The new world fairy book (1904)
- A Mermaid on a Dolphin’s Back by Michael Goodman
- Lady in the Moon – Victorian Postcard
- Reaching for the Moon by Edward Eggleston