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"And straight the sun was “We listened and looked At the rising of the but the skeleton of a ship. flecked with bars,

sideways up!
(Heaven's Mother send us Fear at my heart, as at a

As if through a dungeon My life-blood seemed to
grate he peered,


205 With broad and burning The stars were dim, and face.


thick the night,

The steersman's face by his
“Alas! (thought I, and my lamp gleamed white;
heart beat loud)

From the sails the dew did
How fast she nears and


Till clomb above the eastern
Are those her sails that bar

glance in the sun, The hornèd moon, with one
Like restless gossameres? bright star

Within the nether tip. And its ribs are “Are those her ribs through seen as bars on the face of the setting which the sun

185 “One after one, by the star- One after another, Did peer, as through a

dogged moon,

Too quick for groan or
The Spectre And is that Woman all her sigh,
Woman and her
Death-mate, and crew?

Each turned his face with no other on board Is that a Death? and are

a ghastly pang,
the skeleton-ship.
there two?

And cursed me with his
Is Death that woman's eye.


"Four times fifty living His shipmates drop Like vessel, like “Her lips were red, her

men, crew! looks were free,

(And I heard nor sigh nor

190 Her locks were yellow as


With heavy thump, a life-
Her skin was as white as

less lump,

They dropped down one
The nightmare


by one. Death was she, “The souls did from their But Life-in-Death

begins her work on Who thicks man's blood bodies fly,with cold.


They fled to bliss or woe! Death and Life-in

And every soul, it passed Death have diced “The naked hulk alongside

me by, for the ship's crew,

came, and she (the lat

195 Like the whizz of my crosster) . Winneth the And the twain were casting

bow!” ancient Mariner.

“The game is done! I've

won, I've won!'

“I fear thee, ancient Mar- The WeddingQuoth she, and whistles


Guest seareth that

a spirit is talking to thrice.

I fear thy skinny hand! 225 him;

And thou art long, and No twilight within “The sun's rim dips; the the courts of the

lank, and brown,
stars rush out:

As is the ribbed sea-sand.
At one stride comes the

“I fear thee and thy glitter-
With far-heard whisper,
o'er the sea,

220 the ancient Mar.



And thy skinny hand, so Off shot the spectre-bark. I brown."

ing eye,



But the ancient

“Fear not, fear not, thou But oh! more horrible than
him of his bodily wedding-guest! 230

that life , and proceeds This body dropt not down.

Is the curse in a dead man's horrible penance.


“Alone, alone, all, all alone, Seven days, seven nights, I
Alone on a wide, wide sea! saw that curse,
And never

a saint took | And yet I could not die.
pity on
My soul in agony.

“The moving moon went

In his loneliness up the sky,

and fixedness he

yearneth towards He despiseth the “The many men, so beau

And nowhere did abide:

journeying creatures of the calm,

Softly she was going up, 265 moon, and the stars
And they all dead did lie:
And a star or two beside - yet still move on

ward; and every'. And a thousand thousand

where the blue sky “Her beams bemocked the belongs to them, slimy things

and is their apsultry main,

pointed rest, and Lived on; and so did I. Like April hoar-frost spread; their native coun

try and their own And envieth that "I looked upon the rotting

But where the ship's huge natural homes, they should live,

shadow lay,

which they enter and so many be sea,


unannounced, dead. And drew my eyes away; The charmed water burnt lords that are cer

tainly expected; I looked upon the rotting


270 and yet there is a A still and awful red.

silent joy at their deck,

arrival. And there the dead men “Beyond the shadow of By the light of the

moon he beholdeth lay.

the ship,

God's creatures of

the great calm. I watched the water-snakes: "I looked to heaven, and tried to pray;

They moved in tracks of

shining white, But or ever a prayer had

And when they reared, the

elfish light

A wicked whisper came, and

Fell off in hoary flakes.
My heart as dry as dust.

“Within the shadow of

the ship
“I closed my lids, and kept I watched their rich attire:
them close,

Blue, glossy green, and
And the balls like pulses

velvet black,

They coiled

and swam; For the sky and the sea,

and every track 280 and the sea and the

Was a flash of golden fire. sky,

250 Lay like a load on my weary "O happy living things! Their beauty and

their happiness. eye,

And the dead were at my Their beauty might declare:


A spring of love gushed

from my heart, But the curse liv. “The cold sweat melted

And I blessed them un He blesseth them eth for him in the from their limbs,

in his heart. eye of the dead


285 Nor rot nor reek did they: Sure my kind saint took The look with which they pity on me,

looked on me 255 And I blessed them un-
Had never passed away.
“An orphan's curse would “The selfsame moment I The spell begins to

drag to hell
A spirit from on high; And from my neck so free



could pray;

high crag,

ancient Mariner is

The bodies of the ship's crew are inspired, and the ship moves on;

The Albatross fell off, and “And the coming wind did

290 roar more loud,
Like lead into the sea. And the sails did sigh like


And the rain poured down

from one black cloud;
"Oh sleep! it is a gentle The moon was at its edge.

Beloved from pole to pole! “The thick black cloud was
To Mary Queen the praise cleft, and still

be given!

The moon was at its side:
She sent the gentle sleep Like waters shot from some
from Heaven,

That slid into my soul. The lightning fell with

never a jag, 325
By grace the “The silly buckets on the A river steep and wide.
Holy Mother, the

deck, refreshed with rain.

That had so long remained, “The loud wind never
I dreamt that they were

reached the ship,
filled with dew;

Yet now the ship moved on! And when I awoke, it Beneath the lightning and rained.

the moon 300

The dead men gave a groan.
“My lips were wet, my “They groaned, they stirred,

throat was cold,
My garments all were dank; Nor spake, nor moved their

they all uprose, 331
Sure I had drunken in my

And still my body drank.

It had been strange, even

in a dream,

To have seen those dead
"I moved, and could not
feel my limbs:

men rise.

305 I was so light-almost

“The helmsman steered, I thought that I had died

the ship moved on; 335
in sleep,

Yet never a breeze up-blew;
And was a blessed ghost.

The mariners all 'gan work
He heareth sounds“And soon I heard a roar-
and seeth strange

Where they were wont to sights and commo. ing wind:

do: tions in the sky It did not come anear; and the element. But with its sound it shook They raised their limbs

like lifeless tools-
the sails,

We were a ghastly crew.
That were so thin and sere.

"The body of my brother's
"The upper air burst into

Stood by me, knee to knee: And a hundred fire-flags The body and I pulled at sheen,

one rope, To and fro they were hur- But he said nought to me.” ried about;

315 And to and fro, and in and “I fear thee, ancient Marout,


345 The wan stars danced be "Be calm, thou Weddingtween.


the ropes,



souls of the men,


or but







the mast,


But not by the 'Twas not those souls that Slowly and smoothly went fled in pain,

the ship, nor by demons of

375 earth middle Which to their corses came

Moved onward from beby blessed troop of again,

neath. angelic spirits, sent down by the in- But a troop of spirits blest: vocation

“Under the keel nine
guardian saint.
“For when it dawned-

fathom deep,
they dropped their | From the land of mist and


snow, And clustered round the The spirit slid; and it was The lonesome mast;


Spirit from

south pole carries Sweet sounds rose slowly That made the ship to go. on the ship as far

through their mouths, | The sails at noon left off obedience to the And from their bodies

their tune,

angelic troop. but

still requireth venAnd the ship stood still geance.

"Around, around, flew each
sweet sound,

“The sun, right up above
Then darted to the sun; 355
Slowly the sounds came

Had fixed her to the ocean;
back again,

But in a minute she 'gan
Now mixed, now one by stir,

With a short uneasy mo-

“Sometimes a-dropping Backwards and forwards
from the sky

half her length,
I heard the skylark sing; With a short uneasy mo-
Sometimes all little birds


How they seemed to fill “Then like a pawing horse

the sea and air
With their sweet jargoning! She made a sudden bound:

It flung the blood into my
And now 'twas like all



And I fell down in a swound.
Now like a lonely flute;
And now it is an angel's | “How long in that same fit The Polar Spirit's

fellow-demons, the
365 I lay,

invisible inbabit.

ants of the element, That makes the heavens be I have not to declare;

take part in his mute.

But ere
my living life wrong, and two of

them relate, one returned,

395 to the other, that "It ceased; yet still the

I heard, and in my soul penance long and sails made on


cient Mariner hath

been accorded to A pleasant noise till noon,

Two voices in the air. the Polar Spirit,
A noise like of a hidden
“Is it he?' quoth one,

In the leafy month of 'is this the man?


By Him who died on cross, That to the sleeping woods With his cruel bow he laid all night

full low

400 Singeth a quiet tune.

The harmless Albatross. "Till noon we quietly sailed “The spirit who bideth on,

by himself Yet never

a breeze did In the land of mist and breathe:


that are,

let go,



430 the


He loved the bird that "I woke, and we were

The supernatural

motion is retarded; loved the man sailing on,

Mariner Who shot him with his

awakes, and his As in a gentle weather:

begins bow.'

405 'Twas night, calm night, anew. “The other was a softer

the moon was high;

The dead men stood to-
As soft as honey-dew:

Quoth he, 'The man hath

"All stood together on the penance done,

And penance more will do.'

For a charnel-dungeon fitter:

All fixed on me their stony

First Voice

That in the moon did glitter.
"But tell me, tell me!
speak again,
“The pang, the curse,

Thy soft response renew-

which they died,

Had never passed away: What makes that ship drive I could not draw my eyes on so fast?

from theirs,

440 What is the ocean doing?' | Nor turn them up to pray. Second Voice “And now this spell was The curse is finally

expiated. ««Still as a slave before I viewed the ocean green,

snapt: once more
his lord,

And looked far forth, yet
The ocean hath no blast;

little saw
His great bright eye most Of what had else been seen-

Up to the moon is cast “Like one, that on a lone-
If he may know which some road

way to go;

Doth walk in fear and dread, For she guides him, smooth And having once turned or grim.

round, walks on, See, brother, see! how gra

And turns no

more his

head; ciously

She looketh down on him.'

Because he knows a fright-
ful fiend

First Voice

Doth close behind him The Mariner hath “But why drives on that

tread. been cast into a trance; for the an ship so fast, gelic power causeth

“But soon there breathed the vessel to drive Without or wave or wind?'

a wind on me, northward faster tban buman life Second Voice

Nor sound nor motion made: could endure. "The air is cut away

Its path was not upon the before,


And closes from behind.

In ripple or in shade.
“Fly, brother, fly! more “It raised my hair, it

high, more high! 426 fanned my cheek
Or we shall be belated: Like a meadow-gale of
For slow and slow that ship spring-

It mingled strangely with
When the Mariner's trance my fears,
is abated.'

Yet it felt like a welcoming.

will go,

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