T. S. Eliot I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

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FRANCIS BEAUMONT (1584-1616).

What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid !
I have heard words that have been So nimble, and so full of subtle flame,
As if that everyone from whence they came
Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
And had resolved to live a fool the rest
Of his dull life.

Letter to Ben Jonson.

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