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"I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
"The naked hulk alongside came, And the twain were casting dice; 'The game is done! I've won, I've won!' Quoth she, and whistles thrice.
"We listened and looked sideways up!
"I looked to heaven, and tried to pray;
"One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
"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 sky, Lay like a load on my weary eye, And the dead were at my feet. “The cold sweat melted from their limbs, Nor rot nor reek did they: The look with which they looked
me Had never passed away.
“Four times fifty living men, (And I heard nor sigh nor groan), With heavy thump, a lifeless lump, They dropped down one by one.
“An orphan's curse would drag to hell
"The souls did from their bodies fly
"The moving Moon went up the sky,
"I moved, and could not feel my limbs : 305
"Her beams bemocked the sultry main, “And soon I heard a roaring wind: Like April hoar-frost spread;
It did not come anear; But where the ship's huge shadow lay, But with its sound it shook the sails, The charmed water burnt alway
That were so thin and sere. A still and awful red.
"The upper air burst into life! "Beyond the shadow of the ship,
And a hundred fire-flags sheen, I watched the water-snakes:
To and fro they were hurried about; 315 They moved in tracks of shining white, And to and fro, and in and out, And when they reared, the elfish light 275
The wan stars danced between. Fell off in hoary Aakes.
"And the coming wind did roar more loud, "Within the shadow of the ship
And the sails did sigh like sedge; I watched their rich attire:
And the rain poured down from one black Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
cloud; They coiled and swam; and
The Moon was at its edge.
"The thick black cloud was cleft, and still "O happy living things! no tongue
The Moon was at its side: Their beauty might declare:
Like waters shot from some high crag, A spring of love gushed from my heart,
The lightning fell with never a jag,
A river steep and wide.
“The loud wind never reached the ship, “The self-same moment I could pray;
Yet now the ship moved on! And from my neck so free
Beneath the lightning and the Moon
The dead men gave a groan.
"They groaned, they stirred, they all up
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Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; “Oh, sleep! it is a gentle thing,
It had been strange, even in a dream,
To have seen those dead men rise.
"The helmsman steered, the ship moved She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, 295
on; That slid into my soul.
Yet never a breeze up-blew; "The silly buckets on the deck,
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes, That had so long remained,
Where they were wont to do: I dreamt that they were filled with dew; They raised their limbs like lifeless tools And when I awoke, it rained.
We were a ghastly crew. “My lips were wet, my throat was cold, "The body of my brother's son My garments all were dank;
Stood by me, knee to knee: Sure I had drunken in my dreams,
The body and I pulled at one rope, And still my body drank.
But he said nought to me."
"We drifted o'er the harbor-bar, And I with sobs did pray 'O let me be awake, my God! Or let me sleep alway.'
"I woke, and we were sailing on,
435 All fixed on me their stony eyes, That in the Moon did glitter. “The pang, the curse, with which they
died, Had never passed away: I could not draw my eyes from theirs, 440 Nor turn them up to pray. “And now this spell was snapt: once more I viewed the ocean green, And looked far forth, yet little saw Of what had else been seen —
“Like one, that on a lonesome road
“This seraph-band, each waved his hand:
"But soon there breathed a wind on me,
“This seraph-band, each waved his hand,