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“The very deep did rot:
“At first it seemed a little
“About, about, in reel and “A speck, a mist, a shape,
A Spirit had fol. “And some in dreams as- “With throats unslaked, At its nearer af
proach, it seemet of the invisible in sured 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 he freetb bis parted souls nor us so:
speech from the angels.
bonds of thirst.
dumb we stood!
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:
, A flash of joy; more than if
Gramercy! they for joy did ·
And all at once their breath
looks the whole guilt on the ancient Mar. Had I from old and young! “See! see (I cried) she And horror..
lows. For can it iner: in sign Instead of the cross, the tacks no more!
be a ship that whereof they hang
comes onward with the dead seabird Albatross
141 Hither to work us weal; out wind or tide? round his neck. About my neck was hung. Without a breeze, without
She steadies with upright
time. Each throat | “The western wave was all
The day was well nigh done:
145 wave How glazed each weary Rested the broad bright The ancient Mar
sun; iner beholdeth
en When looking westward I
When that strange shape
drove suddenly 175 A something in the sky. | Betwixt us and the sun.
but the skeleton of a ship.
seen as bars on the
It seemeth him “And straight the sun was “We listened and looked At the rising of the flecked with bars,
205 With broad and burning | The stars were dim, and face.
thick the night,
The steersman's face by his
heart beat loud) From the sails the dew did
Till clomb above the eastern
glance in the sun, The hornèd moon, with one
bright star 210
Within the nether tip. And its ribs are “Are those her ribs through
which the sun face of the setting
“One after one, by the star- One after another,
Too quick for groan or
Each turned his face with
And cursed me with his
“Four times fifty living
softv living His shipmates drop Like vessel, like “Her
men, lips were red, her crew! looks were free, 190
(And I heard nor sigh nor Her locks were yellow as
With heavy thump, a life-
They dropped down one
“The souls did from their But Life-in-Death Who thicks man's blood with cold.
They fled to bliss or woe! iner.
And every soul, it passed ci “The naked hulk alongside Death have diced
me by, for tbe ship's crew, and she (the lat.
195 | Like the whizz of my crosster) winneth the And the twain were casting
“I fear thee, ancient Mar- The WeddingQuoth she, and whistles L iner!
a spirit is talking to thrice.
I fear thy skinny hand! 225 him; No twilight within “The sun's rim dips; the
And thou art long, and the courts of the
lank, and brown,
| As is the ribbed sea-sand.
200 “I fear thee and thy glitter-
And thy skinny hand, so
begins her work on the ancient Mar
Death and Life-in
Guest seareth that
where the blue sky
and so many be
But the ancient “Fear not, fear not, thou | But oh! more horrible than
“The moving moon went in
In his loneliness up the sky,
yearneth towards He despiseth the “The many men, so beau
And nowhere did abide: the journeying creatures of the
moon, and the stars Softly she was going up, 265 ; tiful!
that still sojourn. And they all dead did lie: And a star or two beside yet still move co
ward; and every. And a thousand thousand
*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; try and their own
ike 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
The charmèd water burnt lords that are cerAnd drew my eyes away;
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 the ship,
God's creatures of
the great calm. “I looked to heaven, and
I watched the water-snakes: the tried to pray;
They moved in tracks of
shining white, But or ever a prayer had
And when they reared, the gusht,
Fell off in hoary flakes.
I watched their rich attire:
Blue, glossy green, and
They coiled and swam;
and every track 280
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,
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
I pity on me,
in his heart.
Holy Mother, the ancient Mariner is refreshed with rain.
The Albatross fell off, and “And the coming wind did
roar more loud,
And the rain poured down
from one black cloud;
The moon was at its side:
from Heaven, 295 high crag,
never a jag, 325 By, grace of the “The silly buckets on the A river steep and wide.
deck, That had so long remained, “The loud wind never The bodies of the
ship's crew are inI dreamt that they were
reached the ship, spired, and the filled with dew;
Yet now the ship moved on! S
doni ship moves on; And when I awoke, it Beneath the lightning and rained.
The dead men gave a groan.
“They groaned, they stirred,
they all uprose, 331 Sure I had drunken in my
Nor spake, nor moved their
It had been strange, even
in a dream,
To have seen those dead feel my limbs: 305
men rise. 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
the ropes, He heareth sounds “And soon I heard a roar
Where they were wont to ing wind:
do: tions in the sky It did not come anear; 310
They raised their limbs
like lifeless tools-
We were a ghastly crew.
“The body of my brother's
Stood by me, knee to knee:
345 The wan stars danced be- "Be calm, thou Weddingtween.
and seeth strange sights and commo
and the element.
nor by demons of
south pole carries
still requireth ven
But not by the 'Twas not those souls that Slowly and smoothly went souls of the men,
375 earth or middle Which to their corses came Moved onward from beair, but by a blessed troop of again,
neath. angelic spirits, sent down by the in- But a troop of spirits blest: vocation of the
“Under the keel nine guardian saint.
“For when it dawned fathom deep,
they dropped their | From the land of mist and
Spirit from the mast;
he Sweet sounds rose slowly That made the ship to go. on the ship as far
as the Line, in through their mouths, The sails at noon left off obedience to the And
angelic troop, but from their bodies
their tune, passed.
And the ship stood still geance.
“The sun, right up above
But in a minute she 'gan
With a short uneasy mo
half her length,
It flung the blood into my
And I fell down in a swound.
The Polar Spirit's song,
But ere my living life
returned, “It ceased; yet still the
I heard, and in my soul heavy for intere hath
I heard, and in my soul penance long and sails made on
Two voices in the air.
“Is it he?' quoth one,
370 By Him who died on cross,
fellow-demons, the invisible inhabitants of the elemeat, take part in his wrong, and two of them relate, one to the other, that
been the who
accorded to Polar Spirit,