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• The cold sweat melted from their limbs,
· Ne rot, ne reek did they; « The look with which they look'd on me,
. Had never pass'd away.
• An Orphan's Curse would drag to Hell
• A Spirit from on high: • But O! more horrible than that
• Is the Curse in a dead man's eye! · Seven days, seven nights I saw that Curse,
• And yet I could not die.
« The moving moon went up the sky
• And no where did abide: - Softly she was going up
And a star or two beside
• Her beams bemock'd the sultry main
Like morning frosts yspread; < But where the ship's huge shadow lay, • The charmed water burnt alway
• A still and awful red.
• Beyond the shadow of the ship
• I watch'd the water-snakes; • They mov'd in tracks of shining white; • and when they rear'd, the elfish light
• Fell off in hoary flakes. Vol. I c
. Within the shadow of the ship
• I watch'd their rich attire: • Blue, glossy green, and velvet-black • They coild and swam; and every track
• Was a flash of golden fire.
• happy living things! no tongue
Their beauty might declare: • A spring of love gusht from my heart,
And I bless'd them unaware!. • Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
* And I bless'd them unaware.
"The self same moment I could pray;
* And from my neck so free “The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.
- Sleep! it is a gentle thing,
• Beloy'd from Pole to Pole! • To Mary-queen the praise be yeven, • She sent the gentle sleep froin Heaven
• That slid into my soul.
• The silly buckets on the deck
That had so long remain'd, I dreamt that they were fill'd with dew, • And when I awoke it rain'd. .
• My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
My garments all were dank; · Sure I had drunken in my dreams
• And still my body drank.
"I mov'd and could not feel my limbs,
"I was so light almost
And was a blessed ghost.
• The roaring wind! it rọar'd far off,
• It did not come anear; • But with its sound it shook the sails
• That were so thin and sere.
• The upper air bursts into life,
* And a hundred fire-flags sheen, • To and fro they are hurried about; • And to and fro, and in and out,
• The stars dance on between.
· The coming wind doth roar more loud;
• The sails do sigh like sedge: • The rain pours down from one black cloud
. And the moon is at its edge.
• Hark! hark! the thick black cloud is cleft,
. And the moon is at its side: • Like waters shot from some high crag, • The lightning falls with never a jag
• A river steep and wide.
• The strong wind reach'd the ship; it roar'd
And dropp'd down like a stone! • Beneath the lightning and the moon
• The dead men gave a groan
• They groan'd, they stirr’d, they all uprose,
Ne spake, ne mov'd their eyes : It had been strange, even in a dream . • To have seen those dead men rise.
• The helinsman steer'd, the ship mov'd on;
· Yet never a breeze up-blew; • The marineres all 'gan work the ropes,
• Where they were wont to do: • They rais’d their limbs like lifeless tools,-
“We were a ghastly crew.
• The body of my brother's son
• Stood by me knee to knee; • The body and I pull’d at one rope,
• But he said nought to me* And I quak’d to think of my own voice
“How frightful it would be!
• The day-light dawn'd-they dropp’d their
And cluster'd round the mast: • Sweet sounds rose slowly thro' their mouths
And from their bodies pass’d.
6. Around, around, flew each sweet sound,
· Then darted to the sun:
• Now mix'd, now one by one.