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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 mceteth three gallants bidden to a wedding feast, and detaineth onc

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 merry din.”
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.
He holds him with his glittering eye-
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child :
The Mariner hath his will.

The Wedding-Guestis spell-bound by the eye of the old seafaring man, and constrained to hear his tale.

The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone :
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

* See Note.


“ 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,
tells how the Out of the sea came he!
ship sailed

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

Higher and higher every day, the line.

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

The Wed- The bride hath paced into the hall,
ding-Guest Red as a rose is she;
heareth the
bridal music; Nodding their heads before her goes
but the Ma-


merry minstrelsy.

riner continueth his tale.

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

The ship And now the storm-blast came, and he drawn by a

Was tyrannous and strong : storm toward the south

He struck with his o'ertaking wings, pole. And chased us south along.

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.

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

Did send a dismal sheen :
soundswhere Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken-
no living The ice was all between.
thing was to
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!

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