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I looked upon the rotting sea,
And envieth that they should live, and so many lie dead.
I looked to heaven, and tried to pray;
I closed my lids, and kept them close,
The cold sweat melted from their
limbs, Nor rot nor reek did they: The look with which they looked on
But the curse liveth for him in the eye of the dead men.
Had never passed away.
An orphan's curse would drag to hell
In his lone. The moving Moon went up the sky,
Her beams bemocked the sultry main,
By the luglit Beyond the shadow of the ship,
And when they reared, the elfish light
the great calm.
Within the shadow of the ship
track Was a flash of golden fire.
Their beau-O happy living things ! no tongue
A spring of love gushed from my heart, He blesseth And I blessed them unaware •
kind saint took pity on me,
them in his heart.
The spell begins to break.
The selfsame moment I could pray ;
Op sleep! it is a gentle thing,
The silly buckets on the deck,
By grace of
the holy That had so long remained,
Mother, the I dreamt that they were filled with dew ; riner is reAnd when I awoke, it rained.
freshed with rain.
My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
I moved, and could not feel my limbs :
He heareth And soon I heard a roaring wind :
It did not come anear ; sights and But with its sound it shook the sails, in the sky That were so thin and sere.
and the element.
upper air burst into life!
And the coming wind did roar more
black cloud ;
The thick black cloud was cleft, and
The bodies The loud wind never reached the of the ship's
Beneath the lightning and the Moon
They groaned, they stirred, they all
The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
The body of my
the souls of the men, nor
troop of an
“I fear thee, ancient Mariner !”
But not by “ Be calm, thou Wedding-Guest!
by demons 'Twas not those souls that fled in pain, of earth or
middle air, Which to their corses came again,
but by a
blessed But a troop of spirits blest:
gelic spirits, For when it dawned—they dropped their by the invoarms,
guardian And clustered round the mast; Sweet sounds rose slowly through their
mouths, And from their bodies passed.