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IN SEVEN PARTS.
IT is an ancient Mariner,
An ancient Mariner meeteth three Gallants bid. den to a wed. ding-feast, and detaineth
“ The Bridegroom's doors are open'd.wide,
He holds him with his skinny hand,
The wedding. He holds him with his glittering eyeguest is spellbound by the The wedding-guest stood still, eye of the old
And listens like a three years child :
The wedding-guest sat on a stone:
The ship was cheer'd, the harbour cleard,
The Mariner tells how the ship sailed southward with a good wind and fair weather, till it reached the line,
The Sun came up upon the left,
Higher and higher every day,
The bride hath paced into the hall,
goes The merry minstrelsy.
The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
The ship drawn by a storm toward the south pole.
With sloping masts and dipping prow,
And forward bends his head,
And now there came both mist and snow,
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
The land of ice, and of fearful sounds, where no living thing was to be seen.
And through the drifts the snowy clift
The ice was here, the ice was there,
At length did cross an Albatross :
Till a great sea-bird, called the Abaltross, came through the snow-fog, and was received with great joy and hospitality
We hailed it in God's name.
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew,
The ice did split with a thunder-fit ;
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
And lo! the Albatross proveth a bird of good omen, and followeth the ship as it returned northward, through fog and floating ice.
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
“God save thee, ancient Mariner !
The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen.
I shot the ALBATROSS!