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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.
dumb we stood!
And cried, 'A sail! a sail!'
“With throats unslaked,
Gramercy! they for joy did A flash of joy;
And all at once their breath
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
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.
him “And straight the sun was “We listened and looked at the rising of the but the skeleton of a ship. flecked with bars,
205 With broad and burning the stars were dim, and face.
180 thick the night,
The steersman's face by his
From the sails the dew did
Till clomb above the eastern
glance in the sun, The hornèd moon, with one
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
Too quick for groan or
crew? Death-mate, and
Each turned his face with no other on board is that a Death? and are
a ghastly pang
And cursed me with his
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
With heavy thump, a life
They dropped down one
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-
“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,
As is the ribbed sea-sand.
“I fear thee and thy glitter-
And thy skinny hand, so
the ancient Mariner.
and is their ap
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.
“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:
journeying calm, tiful!
Softly she was going up, 265 moon, and the stars
ward; and every• And a thousand thousand
where the blue sky “Her beams bemocked the belongs to them, slimy things
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,
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.
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
Blue, glossy green, and
They coiled and swam;
and every track 280
Was a flash of golden fire.
250 Lay like a load on my weary “Ohappy living things! Their beauty and
their happiness. eye,
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
The Albatross fell off, and “And the coming wind did
290 roar more loud,
And the rain poured down
from one black cloud;
The moon was at its side:
never a jag,
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.
throat was cold,
they all uprose, 331
eyes; And still my body drank.
It had been strange, even
in a dream,
To have seen those dead
305 I was so light-almost
“The helmsman steered, I thought that I had died
the ship moved on; 335
Yet never a breeze up-blew;
The mariners all 'gan work
Where they were wont to sights and commo
They raised their limbs
like lifeless tools-
We were a ghastly crew.
"The body of my brother's
Stood by me, knee to knee:
315 And to and fro, and in and “I fear thee, ancient Marout,
345 The wan stars danced be- “Be calm, thou Weddingtween.
lonesome from the
But not by the 'Twas not those souls that Slowly and smoothly went
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
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
angelic troop, but
still requireth ven passed.
And the ship stood still geance.
“The sun, right up above
the mast, Slowly the sounds came
Had fixed her to the ocean;
But in a minute she 'gan
With a short uneasy mo
half her length,
the sea and air
It flung the blood into my
And I fell down in a swound.
ants of the element, That makes the heavens be I have not to declare;
take part in his mute.
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
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: