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The wedding. He holds him with his glittering eyeguest is spellbound by the The wedding-guest stood still, eye of the old
And listens like a three years child : sea-faring man, and con
The Mariner hath his will. strained to hear his tale.
The wedding-guest sat on a stone:
The ship was cheer'd, the harbour clear'd,
The Mariner tells how the ship sailed southward with a good wind and fair
till it reached the line.
The Sun came up upon the left,
Higher and higher every day,
The bride hath paced into the hall,
The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
The ship drawn by a storm toward the south pole.
With sloping masts and dipping prow,
And now there came both mist and snow,
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
The land of ice, and of fearful sounds, where no living thing was to be seen.
And through the drifts the snowy clift
The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around :
It cracked and growled, and roar'd and
Till a great sea-bird, called the Abaltross, came through the snow-fog, and was received with great joy and hospitality,
At length did cross an Albatross :
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
And lo! the Albatross proveth a bird of good omen, and followeth the ship as it returned northward, through fog and floating ice.
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
“ God save thee, ancient Mariner !
The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.
I shot the ALBATROSS !
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER.
PART THE SECOND,
The Sun now rose upon the right:
And the good south wind still blew behind,
His shipmates 'cry out against the ancient Mariner,for killing the bird of good luck.
And I had done an hellish thing,