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THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
An ancient Mar. It is an ancient Mariner,
Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?
He holds him with his skinny hand,
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.
And listens like a three-years' child :
The Wedding Guest sat on a stone :
“ The Sun came up upon the left,
25 The Mariner
tells how the ship sailed southward with a good wind and fair weather,till it reached the Line.
Higher and higher every day,
The Wedding Guest heareth the bridal music; but the Mariner continueth his tale.
The ship drawn by a storm towards the south pole.
The bride hath paced into the hall,
The land of ice "And through the drifts, the snowy clifts 50 and of fearful sounds, where Did send a dismal sheen : was to be seen. Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
The ice was all between.
“ The ice was here, the ice was there,
Till a great sea“ At length did cross an Albatross,
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.
"It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
"And a good south wind sprung up behind ; And lo! the Albatross proveth The Albatross did follow, a bird of good omen, and fol. And every day, for food or play, loweth the ship as it returned
Came to the mariners' hollo ! northward through fog and floating ice. “In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud, 75
It perched for vespers nine;
The ancient "God save thee, ancient Mariner, Mariner inhospitably killeth From the fiends that plague thee thus! — 80 the bird of good whylook’st thou so?”—“With mycross-bow
I shot the Albatross.
“ The Sun now rose upon the right;
“And the good south wind still blew behind,
“And I had done a hellish thing,
“Nor dim, nor red, like God's own head,
But when the fog cleared off, they justify the same, and thus make themselves accomplices in the crime.
The fair breeze - The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
continues; the The furrow followed free ;
ship enters the
Pacific Ocean, We were the first that ever burst
and sails north
ward, even till Into that silent sea.
it reaches the
Line. “Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down, The ship hath
been suddenly 'Twas sad as sad could be ;
becalmed. And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea !
"About, about, in reel and rout
The death fires danced at night ; A spirit had fol. lowed them; one The water, like a witch's oils, of the invisible inhabitants of Burnt green and blue and white.
130 this planet, neither departed souls nor " And some in dreams assured were angels; concerning whom the Of the spirit that plagued us so : learned Jew Josephus, and Nine fathom deep he had followed us the Platonic
From the land of mist and snow. Constantinopolitan, Michael Psellus, may be consulted. They “And every tongue, through utter drought, 135 are very numer- Was withered at the root ; ous, and there is no climate or We could not speak, no more than if element without
We had been choked with soot.
one or more.