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One after one by the horned Moon,

(Listen, Stranger ! to me) Each turn'd his face with a ghastly pang

And curs'd me with his ee.

Four times fifty living men,

With never a sigh or groan, With heavy thump, a lifeless lump

They dropp'd down one by one.

Their souls did from their bodies fly,

They fled to bliss or woe i And every soul it pass'd me by,

Like the whiz of my Cross-bow.




“ I fear thee, ancient Mariner !

I fear thy skinny hand; “And thou art long and lank and brown

“ As is the ribb'd Sea-sand.

« I fear thee and thy glittering eye

“ And thy skinny hand so brownFear not, fear not, thou wedding guest !

This body dropt not down.

Alone, alone, all all alone

Alone on the wide wide Sea ; And Christ would take no pity on

My soul in agony.

The many men so beautiful;

And they all dead did lie !
And a million million slimy things

Liv'd on-and so did I.

I look'd upon the rotting Sea,

And drew my eyes away ;
I look'd upon the ghastly deck,

And there the dead men lay.,

I look'd to Heaven, and try'd to pray ;

But or ever a prayer had gusht, A wicked whisper came and made

My heart as dry as dust.

I clos'd my lids and kept them close,

Til 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 look'd on me,

Had never pass'd away.

An orphan's curse would drag to Hell

A spirit from on high :
But O! 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.

The moving Moon went up the sky

And no where did abide : 1 Softly she was going up

And a star or two beside

Her beams bemock'd 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.

Beyond the shadow of the ship

I watch'd the water-snakes : They mov'd in tracks of shining white; And when they rear'd, the elfish light

Fell off in hoary flakes.

Within the shadow of the ship

I watch'd their rich attire :
Blue, glossy green, and velvet black
They coil'd and

track Was a flash of golden fire.

swam ;

and every

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