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It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
“ By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
“ Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

An ancient Mariner meet. eth three Gal. lants bidden to a weddingfeast, and detaineth one.

“ The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
“ And I am next of kin;
“ The guests are met, the feast is set:
“ May'st hear the merry din.”

He holds him with his skinny hand,
“ There was a ship,” quoth he.
“ Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon !”
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.

guest is spell bound by th eye of the old

The wedding. He holds him with his glittering eye

ha The wedding-guest stood still, sea-faring on And listens like a three years child :

le. The Mariner hath his will.

man, and constrained to hear his tale.

The wedding-guest sat on a stone:
He cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed mariner.

The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the light house top.

ship sailed southward

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The Mariner
tells how the The Sun came up upon the left,

Out of the sea came he!
with a good
wind and fair
wind and fair And he shone bright, and on the right
weather, till
it reached the Went down into the sea.

line.

Higher and higher every day,
Till over the mast at noon-
The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
For he heard the loud bassoon.

The bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.

The wedding. guest heareth the bridal music; but the mariner continueth his tale.

The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.

And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o’ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

The ship drawn by a storm toward the south pole.

With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold :
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

The land of And through the drifts the snowy clifts
ice, and of
fearful Did send a dismal sheen:
sounds, where
no living

to Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken-
thing was to
be seen.

The ice was all between.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound !

sea-bird,

Albatross,

the snow-fog,

ceived with

Till a great At length did cross an Albatross :
called the Thorough the fog it came;
came through As if it had been a Christian soul,
and was re- We hailed it in God's name.
great joy and
hospitality.

It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through !

Albatross

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And lo! the And a good south wind sprung up behind; proveth a bird The Albatross did follow,

the And every day, for food or play, northward, Came to the mariners' hollo ! through fog

of good omen, and followeth the ship as it returned

and fivating ice,

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.

“God save thee, ancient Mariner !
From the fiends, that plague thee thus ! -
Why look’st thou so ?”—With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

The ancient Mariner in hospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.

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