Come unto These Yellow Sands  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Come unto These Yellow Sands[1], is a 1842 painting by Richard Dadd and a 1985 radio play based on Richard Dadd's life, written by Angela Carter.

It depicts nude and semi-nude fairies dancing in a ring on a beach, the theme of dancing fairies became popular during the Victorian era.

The title is a reference to Ariel's Song from William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Come unto these yellow sands,
     And then take hands:
Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
     The wild waves whist,
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
     Hark, hark!
     The watch-dogs bark.
     Hark, hark! I hear
     The strain of strutting chanticleer
     Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.

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