Posted by Barbara Barrett on 15th September 2014
1. a color varying from bluish green to a yellowish green; also, a hard, typically green stone used for ornaments and implements and consisting of the minerals jadeite or nephrite.
[origin: ca 14th century; Middle English; also from French le jade (earlier l'ejade), from Spanish piedra de ijada 'stone of the flank' (i.e., stone for colic, which it was believed to cure)]
Atlantis lies in the cold jade sea
Where the sea-ghosts’ swords flame endlessly—
And the spectres know
How Zalthas came
With the kite and the crow—
How Zalthas came and the ocean’s flow
Ran coiling red in the long ago.
Green in trough,
White on the crest.
Sank here to rest.
Where the blood-red sun sank dimming,
When the stars in the night were ghostly white,
The snake of the sea came swimming.
Rise through the dusky emerald surge,
Through the glimmering fathoms, strange and deep,
Till the ocean-jade and the sky-jade merge;
There you will find Than-Kul asleep.
Rock, red boat, on the sapphire tide—
Than-Kul has burst the bars.
He found no sea-love until he died,
In the silence of the stars.
Over the deeps come eerily
The whispering breezes of the sea.
[from "The Doom Chant of Than-Kul”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 312]