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The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
“ And now the storm-blast came, and he The ship
drawn by a Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o’ertaking wings, south pole. And chased us south along.
storm toward the
With sloping masts and dipping prow,
, loud roared the blast, /?/ And southward aye we fled.
And now there came both mist and snow,
green as emerald.
And through the drifts the snowy clifts The land of
ice, and of Did send a dismal sheen : Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken— where no The ice was all between.
was to be seen.
The ice was here, the ice was there,
Till a great At length did cross an Albatross,
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.
and was received with
great joy It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
it returned northward
And lo! the And a good south wind sprung up
Came to the mariners' hollo !
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
The ancient « God save thee, ancient Mariner !
_" With my
The Sun now rose upon the right:
And the good south wind still blew
And I had done a hellish thing,
His shipmates cry out against the ancient Mariner, for killing the bird of good luck.
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head, But when The glorious Sun uprist:
they justify Then all averred, I had killed the bird the same, That brought the fog and mist. 'Twas right, said they, such birds to
complices in slay, That bring the fog and mist.
and thus make themselves ac
The fair breeze blew, the white foam biteze continues; the fiew, ship enters the Pacific The furrow followed free; Ocean, and sails north- We were the first that ever burst till it reach. Into that silent sea. es the Line.
The ship hath been suddenly becalmed
Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt
All in a hot and copper sky,
Day after day, day after day,
Water, water, everywhere, begins to be And all the boards did shrink ; avenged.
Water, water, everywhere,
The very deep did rot: 0 Christ!
About, about, in reel and rout
And some in dreams assured were A Spirit had
followed Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
of the inviNine fathom deep he had followed us sible inha
bitants of From the land of mist and snow. this planet,
parted souls nor angels; concerning whom the learned Jew, Josephus, and the Platonic Constantinopolitan, Michael Psellus, may be consulted. They are very numerous, and there is no climate or element without
one or more.
And every tongue, through utter drought,
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
neck was hung
The shipmates, in their sore distress, would fain throw the whole guilt on the ancient Mariner: in sign whereof they hang the dead seu-bird round his neck.