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Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea !
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.


the creatures

He despiseth The many men, so beautiful!
of the calm.

And they all dead did lie:
And a thousand thousand slimy things
Lived on; and so did I.


And envieth that they should live, and so many lie dead.

I looked upon the rotting sea,
And drew my eyes away ;
I looked upon the rotting deck,
And there the dead men lay.


I looked to heaven, and tried to pray ;
But or ever a prayer had gusht,
A wicked whisper came, and made
My heart as dry as dust.

I closed my lids, and kept them close,
And the balls like pulses beat;
For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the

Lay like a load on my weary eye,
And the dead were at my feet.


But the curse liveth for him in

The cold sweat melted from their limbs,
Nor rot nor reek did they :

The look with which they looked on me
Had never passed away.

255 the eye of

the dead

An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high ;
But oh! 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.


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The moving moon went up the sky,

In his loneli And no where did abide :

ness and

fixedness he Softly she was going up,

265 yearneth to

wards the And a star or two beside

journeying moon, and the stars that

still sojourn, yet still move onward; and every where the blue sky belongs to them, and is their appointed rest, and their native country and their own natural homes, which they enter unannounced, as lords that are certainly expected and yet there is a silent joy at their arrival.

Her beams bemocked the sultry main,
Like April hoar-frost spread ;
But where the ship’s huge shadow lay,
The charmed water burned alway
A still and awful red.


Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes :
They moved in tracks of shining white,
And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.

By the light of the moon he beholdeth God's creatures of the gre calm.


Within the shadow of the ship
I watched their rich attire:
Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.


Their beauty O happy living things! no tongue
and their

Their beauty might declare :

A spring of love gushed from my heart,
He blesseth And I blessed them unaware:
them in his

Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
And I blessed them unaware.


The spell be. The selfsame moment I could pray;
gins to

And from my neck so free
The albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.



Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole!
To Mary Queen the praise be given !
She sent the gentle sleep from heaven,
That slid into my soul.


By grace of the holy Mother, the

The silly buckets on the deck,
That had so long remained,

I dreamt that they were filled with dew ;
And when I awoke, it rained,

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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 moved, and could not feel my limbs :
I was so light-almost
I thought that I had died in sleep,

blessed ghost.

And was


And soon I heard a roaring wind :
It did not come anear ;
But with its sound it shook the sails,
That were so thin and sere.

He heareth sounds and seeth strange sights and commotions in the sky and the element.


air burst into life!
And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
To and fro they were hurried about !
And to and fro, and in and out,
The wan stars danced between.


And the coming wind did roar more loud,
And the sails did sigh like sedge;
And the rain poured down from one black

cloud ;


The moon was at its edge.

The thick black cloud was cleft, and still
The moon was at its side :
Like waters shot from some high crag,
The lightning fell with never a jag,
A river steep and wide.


The bodies
of the ship's
crew are
inspired, and
the ship
moves on.

The loud wind never reached the ship,
Yet now the ship moved on !
Beneath the lightning and the moon
The dead men gave a groan.


They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
Nor spake, nor moved their eyes ;
It had been strange, even in a dream,
To have seen those dead men rise.

The helmsman steered, the ship moved on ; 335
Yet never a breeze up blew ;
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
Where they were wont to do ;
They raised 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 pulled at one rope,
But he said nought to me.


But not by the souls of the men, not by demons

"I fear thee, ancient Mariner ! ”
Be calm, thou wedding-guest;

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