My heart is pierced by Cupid; I disdain all glittering gold.
There is nothing can console me but my jolly sailor bold

From the first moment she saw him, the mermaid was keenly aware of having violated some sacred and ancient law among her people. She was supposed to lure him from the great ship; instead, a single smile had been enough to lure her from the water. She sought magic long since forbidden if only it meant claiming him for herself.