Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak
only to break
The silence of the sea!
The ship hath been suddenly becalmed.
All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere
drop to drink.
And the Albatross begins to be avenged.
The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
the slimy sea.
About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witchs oils,
green, and blue, and white.
And some in dreams assuràd were
Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
Nine fathom deep he had
From the land of mist and snow.
A Spirit had followed them, one of the invisible inhabitants of this planet, neither departed
souls nor angels; concerning whom the learned Jew, Josephus, and the Platonic Constantinopolitan,
Michael Psellus, may be consulted. They are very numerous, and there is no climate or element without
one or more.
And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was witherd at the root;
We could not speak, no
more than if
We had been choked with soot.
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
my neck was hung.
The shipmates in their sore distress, would fain throw the whole guilt on the ancient Mariner
in sign whereof they hang the dead sea-bird round his neck.
There passed a weary time. Each throat
Was parchd, and glazed each eye.
A weary time! a
How glazed each weary eye!
When, looking westward, I beheld
A something in the sky.
The ancient Mariner beholdeth a sign in the element afar off.
At first it seemd a little speck,
And then it seemd a mist;
It moved and moved, and took at
A certain shape, I wist.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
And still it neard and neard:
As if it dodged a water-sprite,
plunged, and tackd and veerd.
With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
We could nor laugh nor wail;
Through utter drought
all dumb we stood!
I bit my arm, I suckd the blood,
And cried, A sail! a sail!
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