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546-549. The ship suddenly sinketh. 550-573. The ancient Mariner is saved in the Pilot's boat.

574-581. The ancient Mariner earnestly entreateth the Hermit to shrieve him ; and the penance of life falls on him.

582-625. And ever and anon throughout his future life an agony constraineth him to travel from land to land and to teach, by his own example, love and reverence to all things that God made and loveth.

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My sire is of a noble line,
And my name is Geraldine:
Five warriors seized me yestermorn,
Me, even me, a maid forlorn:
They choked my cries with force and fright,
And tied me on a palfrey white.
The palfrey was as fleet as wind,
And they rode furiously behind.
They spurred amain, their steeds were white:
And once we crossed the shade of night.
As sure as Heaven shall rescue me,
I have no thought what men they be;
Nor do I know how long it is
(For I have lain entranced I wis)
Since one, the tallest of the five,
Took me from the palfrey's back,
A weary woman, scarce alive.
Some muttered words his comrades spoke:
He placed me underneath this oak;
He swore they would return with haste;
Whither they went I cannot tell—
I thought I heard, some minutes past,
Sounds as of a castle bell.
Stretch forth thy hand (thus ended she),
And help a wretched maid to flee.

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Then Christabel stretched forth her hand,
And comforted fair Geraldine:
"O well, bright dame! may you command
The service of Sir Leoline;
And gladly our stout chivalry
Will he send forth and friends withal

To guide and guard you safe and free 110

Home to your noble father's hall.

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Bear witness for me, how I hoped and feared!
With what a joy my lofty gratulation
Unawed I sang, amid a slavish band:
And when to whelm the disenchanted nation,
Like fiends embattled by a wizard's wand,
The Monarchs marched in evil day,
And Britain joined the dire array;
Though dear her shores and circling ocean,
Though many friendships, many youthful loves
Had swoln the patriot emotion
And flung a magic light o'er all her hills and
groves;
Yet still my voice, unaltered, sang defeat
To all that braved the tyrant-quelling lance,
And shame too long delayed and vain retreat!
For ne'er, O Liberty! with partial aim 39
I dimmed thy light or damped thy holy flame;
But blessed the paeans of delivered France,
And hung my head and wept at Britain's name.

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“And what,” I said, ‘‘though Blasphemy's loud scream

With that sweet music of deliverance strove!

Though all the fierce and drunken passions

Wove A dance more wild than e'er was maniac's dream!:1 Ye storms, that round the dawning east assembled,

The Sunz was rising, though ye hid his light!” And when to soothe my soul, that hoped and

trembled, The dissonance ceased, and all seemed calm and bright; 50 When France her front deep-scarred and

gory Concealed with clustering wreaths of glory; When, insupportably advancing, Her arm made mockery of the warrior's ramp; While timid looks of fury glancing, Domestic treason, crushed beneath her fatal stamp, Writhed like a wounded dragon in his gore; Then I reproached my fears that would not flee; “And soon,” I said, “shall Wisdom teach her lore In the low huts of them that toil and groan; And, conquering by her happiness alone, 61 Shall France compel the nations to be free, Till Love and Joy look round, and call the earth their own.”

1 Alluding to the excesses that attended the French Revolution. 2 Liberty

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