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It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
“ By the long grey beard and glittering eye,
“ Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

An ancient Mariner meet eth three Gallants biddeu to a wedding. feast, and de taineth one.

“ The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
“ And I am next of kin;
“ The guests are met, the feast is set :
s' May'st hear the



He holds him with his skinny hand,
“ There was a ship,” quoth he.
“ Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

The wedding. He holds him with his glittering eye-
guest is spell
bound by the The wedding-guest stood still,
eye of the old
sea-faring And listens like a three


child : strained to

The Mariner hath his will. hear his tale.

man, and con

The wedding-guest sat on a stone:
He cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed mariner.

The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the light house top.

The Mariner The Sun came up upon the left,

Out of the sea came he! with a good

And he shone bright, and on the right weather, till it reached the Went down into the sea.

tells how the ship sailed southward

wind and fair


Higher and higher every day,
Till over the mast at noon-
The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
For he heard the loud bassoon.

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The bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.

The weddingguest heareth the bridal music; but the mariner continueth his tale.

The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot chuse but hear ;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

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And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

the south pole.

With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow
And it grew wondrous cold :
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

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