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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 !
Liv'd on-and so did I.
I look'd upon the rotting Sea,
And drew my eyes away ;
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 :
Is the curse in a dead man's eye!
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 :
track Was a flash of golden fire.