I lured you to my realm of coral and kelp with promises of sweet embraces.
Yet in my eagerness I held you for too long.
Your lifeless arms no longer sway with me in water dances.
My salty tears are drowned in briny sea.
A foundered ship, I ache, and rust away.
The Fisherman and the Syren (1856-1858)
Oil on canvas by Frederick Leighton