« PreviousContinue »
About, about, in reel and rout
And some in dreams assured were
A spirit had
followed Of the spirit that plagued us so;
them; one of
the invisible Nine fathom deep he had followed us
of this planet, From the land of mist and snow.
neither departed souls nor angels;
concerning whom the learned Jew, Josephus, and the Platonic Constantinopolitan, Michael Psellus, may be consulted. They are very numerous, and there is no climate or element without one or more.
And every tongue, through utter drought 135
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
The shipmates, in their sore
distress, 140 would fain
THERE passed a weary time. Each throat
The ancient Mariner beholdeth a sign in the element afar off.
At first it seemed a little speck,
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
At its nearer With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, to be a ship; We could nor laugh nor wail;
Through utter drought all dumb we stood ! freeth his speech from I bit my arm, I sucked the blood, thirst. And cried, A sail! a sail !
and at a dear ransom he
the bonds of
With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
A flash of joy;
Gramercy! they for joy did grin,
See! see! (I cried) she tacks no more !
The western wave was all a-flame.
And straight the sun was flecked with bars,
It seemeth him but the skeleton of a ship.
Alas! (thought I, and my heart beat loud)
And its ribs
bars on the Are those her ribs through which the sun 185 face of the
setting sun. Did peer, as through a grate?
woman and And is that woman all her crew ?
her deathmate, and no
other on Is that a Death ? and are there two ?
skeletonIs Death that woman's mate?
phants hins haught
gray lay, of day
There twilight eabilimide
but beautiful he i
hidraught che dar And from ile Hafa uma festa com
sep oky, fatty
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER.
IN SEVEN PARTS.
FACILE credo, plures esse Naturas invisibiles quam visibiles in rerum universitate. Sed horum omnium familiam quis nobis enarrabit, et gradus et cognationes et discrimina et singulorum munera ? Quid agunt ? quæ loca habitant ? Harum rerum notitiam semper ambivit ingenium humanum, nunquam attigit. Juvat, interea, non diffiteor, quandoque in animo, tanquam in tabulâ, majoris et melioris mundi imaginem contemplari: ne mens assuefacta hodiernæ vitæ minutiis se contrahat nimis, et tota subsidat in pusillas cogitationes. Sed veritati interea invigilandum est, modusque servandus, ut certa ab incertis, diem a nocte, distinguamus.-T. BURNET. ARCHÆOL. PHIL. p. 68.
It is an ancient Mariner,
Mariner And he stoppeth one of three.
meeteth three gal
lants bidden "By thy long gray beard and glittering eye, to a wedding
feast, and Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
The bridegroom's doors are opened wide,