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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
I thought that I had died in sleep,

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:
• Slowly the sounds came back again

• Now mix'd, now one by one.
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