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It seemeth 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.
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
Each turned his face with no other on board Is that a Death? and are
a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his
"Four times fifty living His shipmates drop Like vessel, like “Her lips were red, her
men, crew! looks were free,
(And I heard nor sigh nor
190 Her locks were yellow as
With heavy thump, a life-
They dropped down one
by one. Death was she, “The souls did from their But Life-in-Death
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,
came, and she (the lat
195 Like the whizz of my crosster) . Winneth the And the twain were casting
bow!” ancient Mariner.
“I fear thee, ancient Mar- The WeddingQuoth she, and whistles
Guest seareth that
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-
220 the ancient Mar.
And thy skinny hand, so Off shot the spectre-bark. I brown."
But the ancient
“Fear not, fear not, thou But oh! more horrible than
that life , and proceeds This body dropt not down.
Is the curse in a dead man's horrible penance.
a saint took | And yet I could not die.
“The moving moon went
In his loneliness up the sky,
and fixedness he
yearneth towards He despiseth the “The many men, so beau
And nowhere did abide:
journeying creatures of the calm,
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
and is their apsultry main,
pointed rest, and Lived on; and so did I. Like April hoar-frost spread; their native coun
try and their own And 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 beholdeth lay.
God's creatures of
the great calm. I watched the water-snakes: "I looked to heaven, and tried to pray;
They moved in tracks of
shining white, But or ever a prayer had
And when they reared, the
Fell off in hoary flakes.
“Within the shadow of
Blue, glossy green, and
and swam; For the sky and the sea,
and every track 280 and the sea and the
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,
in his heart. 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 un-
ancient Mariner is
The bodies of the ship's crew are inspired, and the ship moves on;
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, 325
deck, refreshed with rain.
That had so long remained, “The loud wind never
reached the ship,
Yet now the ship moved 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
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. ing wind:
do: tions in the sky It did not come anear; and the element. But with its sound it shook They raised their limbs
like lifeless tools-
We were a ghastly crew.
"The body of my brother's
Stood by me, knee to knee: And a hundred fire-flags The body and I pulled at sheen,
one rope, To and fro they were hur- But he said nought to me.” ried about;
315 And to and fro, and in and “I fear thee, ancient Marout,
345 The wan stars danced be "Be calm, thou Weddingtween.
souls of the men,
But not by the 'Twas not those souls that Slowly and smoothly went fled in pain,
the ship, nor by demons of
375 earth middle Which to their corses came
Moved onward from beby blessed troop of again,
neath. angelic spirits, sent down by the in- But a troop of spirits blest: vocation
“Under the keel nine
snow, And clustered round the The spirit slid; and it was The lonesome mast;
south pole carries 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 the And from their bodies
angelic troop. but
still requireth venAnd the ship stood still geance.
“The sun, right up above
Had fixed her to the ocean;
But in a minute she 'gan
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
I heard, and in my soul penance long and sails made on
cient Mariner hath
been accorded to A pleasant noise till noon,
Two voices in the air. the Polar Spirit,
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:
He loved the bird that "I woke, and we were
motion is retarded; loved the man sailing on,
Mariner Who shot him with his
awakes, and his As in a gentle weather:
405 'Twas night, calm night, anew. “The other was a softer
the moon was high;
The dead men stood to-
"All stood together on the penance done,
For a charnel-dungeon fitter:
All fixed on me their stony
That in the moon did glitter.
which they died,
Had never passed away: What makes that ship drive I could not draw my eyes on so fast?
440 What is the ocean doing?' | Nor turn them up to pray. Second Voice “And now this spell was The curse is finally
expiated. ««Still as a slave before I viewed the ocean green,
snapt: once more
And looked far forth, yet
Doth walk in fear and dread, For she guides him, smooth And having once turned or grim.
round, walks on, See, brother, see! how gra
And turns no
Because he knows a fright-
Doth close behind him The Mariner hath “But why drives on that
tread. been cast into a trance; for the an ship so fast, gelic power causeth
“But soon there breathed the vessel to drive Without or wave or wind?'
a wind on me, northward faster tban buman life Second Voice
Nor sound nor motion made: could endure. "The air is cut away
Its path was not upon the before,
In ripple or in shade.
high, more high! 426 fanned my cheek
It mingled strangely with
Yet it felt like a welcoming.