Katherine Pyle (1863 – 1938) wrote this version of The Sea Princess for the children’s magazine St. Nicholas in 1890.
The Sea Princess
By Katherine Pyle (1863 – 1938)
In a garden of shining sea-weed,
Set round with twisted shells,
Under the deeps of the ocean,
The little sea princess dwells.
Sometimes she sees the shadow
Of a great whale passing by,
Or a white-winged vessel sailing
Between the sea and the sky.
Without the palace, her sea-horse
Feeds in his crystal stall,
And fishes with scales that glisten
Come leaping forth at her call.
And when the day has faded,
From over the lonesome deep,
In a shell as smooth as satin
The princess is rocked to sleep.
A longer version of The Sea Princess exists, but I prefer the shorter one.
PS If you’re looking for a nursery rhyme about a queen, check out an illustrated one I just posted called, The Army of the Queen.
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