in the early mornings, laying their nets, the fishermen have seen the reflections on the water. they say it is not the glistening of the sun off the water. under the moonlight, returning with their catch, they have heard the music. they know it is not the whispering wind. "tis the watermaid" they tell.

from a mural by helen gregory
and an exerpt from do you not know by thomas morley.
digital montage and music by
elizabeth murphy

You can read more about this mermaid in the conclusion of Captain Richard Whitbourne's discovery of Newfoundland written in 1610: "Now also I will not omit to relate some thing of a strange Creature, which I first saw there in the yeere 1610, in a morning early, as I was standing by the water side, in the Harbour of Saint Johns....