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* I saw a something in the sky
- No bigger than my fist; • At first, it seem'd a little speck
* And then it seem'd a mist: • It mov’d, and mov'd, and took at last
A certain shape I wist..
- With throat unslack'd, with black lips bak',
• Agape they heard me call: • Gramercy! they for joy did grin • And all at once their breath drew in
• As they were drinking all.
- She doth not tack from side to side
• Hither to work us weal, • Withouten wind, withouten tide ..She steddies with upright keel.
· The western wave was all a flame;
“The day was well nigh done! - Almost upon the western wave
• Rested the broad bright sun; • When that strange shape drove suddenly
Betwixt us and the sun.
. And strait the sun was fleck'd with bars,
(Heaven's mother send us grace) • As if thro' a dungeon grate he peer'd
• With broad and burning face.
« Alas! (thought I, and my heart beat loud)
• How fast she neres and neres ! 6. Are those her sails that glance in the sun
Like restless Gossameres ?
• Are those her naked ribs, which fleck’d.
• The sun that did behind them peer? * And are those two all, all the crew,
That woman and her fleshless Pheere?
• His bones were black with many å crack, .
* All black and bare, I ween; Jet-black and bare, save where with rust • Of mouldy damps and charnel crust
* They're patch'd with purple and green.
Her lips are red, her looks are free,
• Her locks are yellow as gold: "Her skin is as white as leprosy, And she is far liker Death than he, "Her flesh makes the still air cold.
« The naked hulk alongside came
And the twain were playing dice; . “ 'The game is done! I've won, I've won!**
• Quoth she, and whistled thrice.
A gust of wind sterte up behind
And whistled thro' his bones; * Thro' the holes of his eyes and the hole of
- With never a whisper in the sea
• Off darts the Spectre-ship; While clombe above the Eastern bar • The horned moon, with one bright star
Alinost atween the tips.
« One after one by the horned moon,
• Listen, O stranger! to me, • Each turn'd his face with a ghastly pang
. And curs'd me with his ee.
• Four times fifty living men,
• With never a sigh or groan, • With heavy thump, a lifeless lump
• They dropp'd down one by one,
• Their souls did from their bodies fly,
· They fled to bliss or woe: . And every soul it pass'd me by,
· Like the whiz of my Cross-bow."
“ I fear thee, ancyent Marinere!
“ I fear thy skinny hand;
** I fear thee affl thy glittering eye
“ And thy skinny hand so brown_-" • Fear not, fear not, thou wedding-guest!
"This body dropt not down.
• Alone, alone, all all alone!
• Alone on the wide wide sea; . • Ard Christ would take no pity on
• My soul in agony.
"The many men so beautiful,
• And they all dead did lie!
Liv’d.on-and so did I.
"I look'd upon the rotting sea,
And drew my eyes away; ! • I look'd upon the eldritch deck,
* And there the dead men lay.
• I look'd to Heaven, and try'd to pray;
But or ever a prayer had gusht, ? A wicked whisper came and made
“My heart as dry as dust,
• I clos'd my lids and kept them close,
• Till the balls like pulses beat; het. For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the