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A Spirit had fol

'And some in dreams as- "With throats unslaked, at its nearer ap lowed them; one of the invisible insured were

with black lips baked, him to be a ship habitants of this

and at a dear ranplanet, neither de Of the spirit that plagued We could nor laugh nor

som be freetb bis parted souls us so:


speech from the angels.

bonds of thirst.
Nine fathom deep he had Through utter drought all
followed us,

dumb we stood!
From the land of mist and I bit my arm; I sucked the



And cried, 'A sail! a sail!'
“And every tongue, through
utter drought, 135

“With throats unslaked,
Was withered at the root; with black lips baked,
We could not speak, no Agape they heard me call:
more than if

Gramercy! they for joy did A flash of joy;
We had been choked with grin,

And all at once their breath
drew in,

165 The shipmates, in “Ah! well-a-day! what evil

As they were drinking all. their sore distress, would fain throw looks the whole guilt on the ancient Mar- Had I from old and young! “See! see (I cried) she forsFor can it

And horror folsign Instead of the cross, the tacks no more!


a ship that whereof they hang

comes onward withthe dead seabird Albatross


Hither to work us weal; out wind or tide? About my neck was hung. Without a breeze, without

a tide,

She steadies with upright


170 “There passed a weary

time. Each throat “The western wave was all Was parched, and glazed a-flame:

The day was well nigh done: A weary time! A weary Almost upon the western time!


wave How glazed each weary Rested the broad bright The ancient Mar- eye!

sun; iner beholdethan: When looking westward I When that strange shape afar off. beheld

drove suddenly 175 A something in the sky. Betwixt us and the sun.



round his neck.

each eye.




It seemeth

him “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.

180 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 drip-

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

crew? Death-mate, and

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


215 mate?


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

men, looks were free,

(And I heard nor sigh nor

190 Her locks were yellow as

groan) gold:

With heavy thump, a life

less lump,
Her skin was as white as

They dropped down one
The nightmare Life-in-

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, and she (the lat. came,

195 Like the whizz of my cross-
ter) 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 iner!

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, ing eye,
o'er the sea,

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



the ancient Mariner.




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But the ancient

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

that , eth' to relate his 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 be He despiseth the “The many men, so beau

And nowhere did abide:

yearneth towards

journeying calm, tiful!

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

sultry main,

pointed rest, and Lived on; and so did I.

Like April hoar-frost spread; their native counAnd 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 beholdetb lay.

the ship,

God's creatures of I watched the water-snakes:

the great calm. “I looked to heaven, and

They moved in tracks of

shining white, But or ever a prayer had

And when they reared, the gusht,

245 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,
And the balls like pulses

Blue, glossy green, and

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.

250 Lay like a load on my weary “Ohappy 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, 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 unHad never passed away.


tried to pray;



in his heart.


“An orphan's curse would “The selfsame moment I The spell begins to

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

could pray;


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, 295

high crag,
That slid into my soul. The lightning fell with

never a jag,
By grace of the “The silly buckets on the A river steep and wide.
ancient Mariner is deck,
refreshed with rain.
That had so long remained,

The bodies of the “The loud wind never

ship's crew are inI dreamt that they were

reached the ship, spired, and the filled with dew;

Yet now the ship moved on! ship moves 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, not moved their

they all uprose, 331
Sure I had drunken in my

eyes; 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:
tions in the sky It did not come anear; 310
and the element.

They raised their limbs
But with its sound it shook

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

341 life!

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

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,






lonesome from the


But not by the 'Twas not those souls that Slowly and smoothly went
souls of the men,
nor by demons of
fled in pain,

the ship,

375 earth middle Which to their corses came Moved onward from beair, but by 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


And clustered round the The spirit slid; and it was The



south pole carne 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 tbe And from their bodies

their tune,

angelic troop, but

still requireth ven passed.

And the ship stood still geance.

"Around, around, flew each
sweet sound,

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

the mast, 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

invisible inhabit

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

take part in his mute.

my living life wrong, and two de

them relate, one returned,

395 to the other, that It ceased; yet still the sails made on

I heard, and in my soul penance longe and discerned

cient Mariner hath A pleasant noise till noon,

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

southward. In the leafy month of ‘is this the man? June,

370 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,

I lay,




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