Today it is quite simple. I have nothing to say, I want only to ask.
Erudite ladies, do any of you know anything about this?
Other than that it is lovely, and mediaeval, and French in some way?
And seems to start with God, and go to Neptune, and something 'appelles en latin tritones' . . . is the next bit 'c'est a dire . . .'?
But why is the white horse in a cave on an island in a marsh populated by mermaids with hunting horns, and the most enchanting piscine brass section including a turbot (who by the rule of all turbots is called Herbert) and a dogfish of some kind, with real dog's ears . . . But does the left-hand mermaid have two little legs growing out of her tail? And what is she wearing round her waist? Fur? And what is the blue cholla-type item out of which Neptune is emerging?
Look at the little bullrushes. Are they bullrushes? Or plantains? And the little irises - or are they tiny yellowish asphodels?
Why are they serenading the horse?
Is Neptune conducting? Or about to thwack?
Clearly this is symbolic as anything. But I don't recognise any of it. Help?
Or just enjoy.