Melusine

redqueenself

San Antonio, United States

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ink and pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper inspired by the myth of Melusine/Melusina Melusine legends are especially connected with the northern, most Celtic areas of Gaul, and the Low Countries. Sir Walter Scott told a Melusine tale in The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802–1803) confident that “ the reader will find the fairy of Normandy, or Bretagne, adorned with all the splendour of Eastern description. The fairy Melusina, also, who married Guy de Lusignan , Count of Poitou, under condition that he should never attempt to intrude upon her privacy, was of this latter class. She bore the count many children, and erected for him a magnificent castle by her magical art. Their harmony was uninterrupted until the prying husband broke the conditions of their union, by concealing himself to behold his wife make use of her enchanted bath. Hardly had Melusina discovered the indiscreet intruder, than, transforming herself into a dragon, she departed with a loud yell of lamentation, and was never again visible to mortal eyes ; although, even in the days of Brantome, she was supposed to be the protectress of her descendants, and was heard wailing as she sailed upon the blast round the turrets of the castle of Lusignan the night before it was demolished. I suppose if Julius Caesar can claim descent from Venus then the House of Lusignan can claim descent from a mermaid!

Here’s the song that inspired the drawing.
Can’t Get It Out of My Head

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Cant Get It Out Of My Head

Midnight, on the water,
I saw the ocean’s daughter,
Walking on the waves she came.
Staring as she called my name.

And I can’t get it out of my head,
No, I can’t get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead
‘Cause I can’t get it out of my head.
Breakdown, on the shoreline,
Can’t move, it’s an ebbtide,
Morning don’t get here tonight,
Searching for her silver light.

Bank job, in the city,
Robin Hood and William Tell and
Ivanhoe and Lancelot,
They don’t envy me,
Sitting ’til the sun goes down,
In dreams the world keeps going
round and round.

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