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She steadies with upright keel!’ 170 139-142. The shipmates, in their sore distress. would fain throw the whole guilt on the ancient Mariner: in sign whereof they hang the dead seabird round his neck. 143-156. The ancient Mariner beholdeth a sign in the element afar off. 157-163. At its nearer approach, it seemeth him to be a ship ; and at a dear ransom he freeth his speech from the bonds of thirst. 164-166. A flash of joy. 167-176. And horror follows. For can it be a ship that comes onward without wind or tide? 6 I knew (but apparently confused in form and meaning with the old participial adverb y-wis, “surely”). 7 great thanks

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177-186. It seemeth him but the skeleton of a ship. And its ribs are seen as bars on the face of the setting Sun. 187-194. The Spectre-Woman and her Deathmate, and, no other on board the skeleton-ship. Like vessel, like crew : 195-198. Death and Life-in-Death have diced for the ship's crew, and she (the latter) winneth the ancient Mariner. 199-202. No twilight within the courts of the

un. 203-223. At the rising of the Moon, one after

One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh,
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his eye.

Four times fifty living men, -
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one.
The souls did from their bodies fly,– 220
They fled to bliss or woe!
And every soul, it passed me by,
Like the whizz of my cross-bow!”—

PART IV.

‘‘I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
I fear thy skinny hand
And thou art long, and lank, and brown,
As is the ribbed sea-sand.

I fear thee and thy glittering eye,
And thy skinny hand, so brown.”—
“Fear not, fear not, thou Wedding-Guest!
This body dropt not down. 231

Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony.

The many men, so beautiful!
And they all dead did lie:
And a thousand thousand slimy things
Lived on; and so did I.
I looked upon the rotting sea, 240
And drew my eyes away;
I looked upon the rotting deck,
And there the dead men lay.

I looked to heaven, and tried to pray; .
But or ever a prayer had gusht,
A wicked whisper came, and made
My heart as dry as dust.

I closed my lips, and kept them close,

And the balls like pulses beat;

For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky - 250

another his shipmates drop down dead. But Lifein-Death begins her work on the ancient Mariner.

224-235. The Wedding-Guest feareth that a Spirit is talking to him : but the ancient Mariner assureth him of his bodily life, and proceedeth to relate his horrible penancé.

236-252. He despiseth the creatures of the calm, and envieth that they should live, and so many lie dead.

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The Albatross fell off, and sank 290 Like lead into the sea.

PART W. “Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole! To Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, That slid into my soul. The silly's buckets on the deck, That had so long remained, I dreamt that they were filled with dew; And when I awoke, it rained. 300 My lips were wet, my throat was coid, My garments all were dank; Sure I had drunken in my dreams, And still my body drank. I moved, and could not feel my limbs: I was so light—almost I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost. And soon I heard a roaring wind: It did not come anear : 310

But with its sound it shook the sails, That were so thin and sere.

The upper air burst into life!
And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
To and fro they were hurried about!
And to and fro, and in and out,
The wan stars danced between.

And the coming wind did roar more loud,
And the sails did sigh like sedge;
And the rain poured down from one black
cloud; 320
The Moon was at its edge.

The thick black cloud was cleft, and still
The Moon was at its side:
Like waters shot from some high crag,
The lightning fell with never a jag,
A river steep and wide.

292-308. By grace of the holy Mother, the ancient Mariner is refreshed with rain.

309-326. He heareth sounds and seeth strange sights and commotions in the sky and the element.

327-376. The bodies of the ship's crew are inspired, and the ship moves on ; but not by the souls of the men, nor by demons of earth or middle air, but by a blessed troop of angelic spirits, sent down by the invocation of the guardian saint.

8 Perhaps “useless”; but the origipal meaning “blessed” will fit very well. W.

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377–392. The lonesome Spirit from the southpole, carries on the ship, as far as the Line, in obedience to the angelic troop, but still requireth Wengeance.

393-409. The Polar Spirit's fellow-demons, the invisible inhabitants of the element, take part in his wrong ; and two of them relate one to the other, that penance long and heavy for the ancient Mariner hath been accorded to the Polar Spirit, who returneth southward.

410-429. The Mariner hath been cast into a trance; for the angelic power causeth the vessel §do." northward faster than human life could noiure.

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The boat came closer to the ship,
But I nor spake nor stirred;
The boat came close beneath the ship,
And straight a sound was heard.

464–479. The ancient Mariner beholdeth his native country.

480-499. The angelic spirits leave the dead bodies and appear in their own forms of light.

9 cross

513-545. The Hermit of the Wood approacheth the ship with wonder. pproache

10 ivy-bush

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