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

An ancient Mariner meeteth three Gallants bidden to a weddingfeast, and detaineth one.

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

And listens like three hear his tale. The Mariner hath his will.


man, and constrained to

years child :

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

tells how the The Sun came up upon the left,
ship sailed

Out of the sea came he!
with a good
wind and fair And he shone bright, and on the right
weather, till
it reached the Went down into the sea.

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

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

The wedding
guest heareth
the bridal
music; but
the mariner
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.

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 ship drawn by a storm toward 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

wondrous cold :
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.


The land of And through the drifts the snowy clifts ice, and of

Did send a dismal sheen :
sounds, where
no living
thing was to

Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken-
The ice was all between.

be seen.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound !

Till a great

At length did cross an Albatross :
called the Thorough the fog it came;
came through As if it had been a Christian soul,
the snow-fog,
and was re- We hailed it in God's name.
ceived with
great joy and

It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through !

And lo! the And a good south wind sprung up behind ;
proveth a bird The Albatross did follow,
of good omen,
and followeth And every day, for food or play,

Came to the mariners' hollo ! through fog and fivating

returned northward,



In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers

Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.

“ God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus !-
Why look’st thou so ?”—With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.

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