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Full Fathom Five


sheet music of first few bars fading out into a circle; instructions, with mystery, 
        speed 'about sixty-three'.


13: Full Fathom Five

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Roderick Williams

Full Fathom Five is a song from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the most musical of his plays. It is sung by Ariel, a spirit, to confuse and frightened Ferdinand, son to the King of Naples, who has just been shipwrecked.

Shaw’s dedication is To Sir W.H. Hadow, who was a leading educational reformer and musicologist.



William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Cramer 1922 Currently out of print