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The WeddingGuest feareth that a spirit is talking to him.

"I Fear thee, ancient Mariner!

I fear thy skinny hand!

And thou art long, and lank, and brown,

As is the ribbed sea-sand.

"I fear thee and thy glittering eye,
And thy skinny hand, so brown."—
"Fear not, fear not, thou Wedding-Guest!
This body dropt not down.

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

But the ancient Mariner assureth him of his bodily life, and proceeded to relate his horrible penance.

"The many men, so beautiful!
And they all dead did lie:
And a thousand thousand slimy things
Lived on; and so did I.

He despiseth the creatures of the calm.

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

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

"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 sky,

Lay like a load on my weary eye,

And the dead were at my feet.

But the curse "The cold sweat melted from their limbs,

liveth for him in .-vr I v i i

the eye of the Nor rot nor reek did they:

dead men. The look wkh which they looke(J on me

Had never passed away.

"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.

In his loneliness "The moving Moon went up the sky,

and fixedness he . i i* i 1 • i

yeameth towards And nowhere did abide: Moon^a'the8 Softly she was going up,

stars that still ^n(J a star Qr two besi(Je

sojourn, yet still

move onward;

and everywhere

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 burnt alway

A still and awful red.

By the light of "Beyond the shadow of the ship,

the Moon he be

hoideth God's I watched the water-snakes:

creatures of the "r" . - . r . . . . .

great calm. 1 hey moved in tracks of shining white,

And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.

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