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The wedding. He holds him with his glittering eye-
guest is spell-
bound by the The wedding-guest stood still,
eye of the old

And listens like a three years child :
man, and con- The Mariner hath his will. .
strained to
hear his tale.

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

The ship was cheer'd, the harbour clear'd,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the light-house top.

The Mariner tells how the ship sailed southward with a good wind and fair weather, till it reached the line.

The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he;
And he shone bright, and on the right
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 weddingguest heareth the bridal music; but the mariner continueth his tale.

The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he can not 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 roar’d the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wonderous cold :


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

The land of ice, and of fearful

And through the drifts the snowy clift
Did send a dismal sheen :
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken-
The ice was all between.


no living thing was to be seen.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around :
It cracked and growled, and roar'd and

Like noises in a swound!

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Till a great At length did cross an Albatross : sea-bird,

Thorough the fog it came;
called the
Abaltross, As if it had been a Christian soul,
came through
the snow-fog, We hailed it in God's name. ,
and was
received 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 steer'd us through!

And a good south wind sprung up behind; And lo! the

Albatross, The Albatross did follow,

proveth a bird

of good omen, And every day, for food or play,

and followeth Came'to the Mariner's hollo !

the ship as it returned northward,

through fog In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,

and floating It perch'd for vespers nine;

ice. 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-

. I shot the ALBATROSS !

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



THE Sun now rose upon the right:
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist, and on the left
Went down into the sea.

And the good south wind still blew behind,
But no sweet bird did follow,
Nor any day for food or play
Came to the mariners' hollo !

His ship And I had done an hellish thing,
mates 'cry out
against the · And it would work 'em woe:
ancient Mari-

For all averred, I had killed the bird
the bird of That made the breeze to blow.
good luck.

Ah wretch! said they, the bird to sla
That made the breeze to blow !

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