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Yes, while I stood and gazed, my temples
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean: bare,
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from And shot my being through earth, sea, and far air,
Ancestral voices prophesying war! 30 Possessing all things with intensest love, O Liberty! my spirit felt thee there. 105 The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure KUBLA KHAN: OR, A VISION IN A From the fountain and the caves. DREAM It was a miracle of rare device,
35 A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of A FRAGMENT
ice! In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree:
A damsel with a dulcimer Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
In a vision once I saw: Through caverns measureless to man
It was an Abyssinian maid, Down to a sunless sea.
And on her dulcimer she played, 40
Singing of Mount Abora. So twice five miles of fertile ground
Could I revive within me With walls and towers were girdled round: Her symphony and song, And there were gardens bright with To such a deep delight 'twould win sinuous rills,
me, Where blossomed many an incense-bearing That with music loud and long, ,
I would build that dome in air, And here were forests ancient as the hills, That sunny dome! those caves of ice! Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!But oh! that deep roniantic chasm which His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice, Down the green hill athwart a cedarn And close your eyes with holy dread, cover!
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
15 By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT And from this chasm, with ceaseless
MARINER turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast thick pants were
IN SEVEN PARTS
An ancient Mar
iner meeteth three Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding And he stoppeth one of Gallants bidden to hail,
and detaineth one. Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's “By thy long gray beard flail:
and glittering eye, And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and Now wherefore stopp'st
thou me? It flung up momently the sacred river. Five miles meandering with a mazy. mo- "The Bridegroom's doors tion
25 are opened wide,
5 Through wood and dale the sacred river And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the Then reached the caverns measureless to feast is set: man,
May'st hear the merry din."
He holds him with his The wedding-guest he beat
"And now the storm-blast The ship driven by Guest is spell. He holds him with his
a storm toward the bound by the eye
came, and he glittering eyeof the old seafaring
41 south pole.
Was tyrannous and strong: and con The wedding-guest stood strained to his tale.
He struck with his o'ertakstill,
And chased us south along.
“With sloping masts and
dipping prow, 45
And forward bends his head,
roared the blast,
And southward aye the harbor cleared,
50 Merrily did we drop
“And now there came both Below the kirk, below the
mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold;
And ice, mast-high, came
floating by, The Mariner tells “The sun came up upon how the ship sailed
As green as emerald; southward with a the left,
25 good wind and fair weather tillit Out of the sea came he! “And through the drifts the The land of ice;
and fearful reached the Line. And he shone bright, and
55 sounds where no on the right Did send a dismal sheen: living thing was to
be seen. Went down into the sea. Nor shapes of men nor
beasts we ken-
The ice was all between.
“The ice was here, the ice
The ice was all around: 60
It cracked and growled,
and roared and howled, For he heard the loud
Like noises in a swound! bassoon.
“At length did cross an Till a great scaThe Wedding. The bride hath paced into Albatross:
bird, called the Guest heareth the
Albatross, bridal music; but the hall,
Thorough the fog it came: through the snowthe Mariner con- Red as a rose is she;
As if it had been a Christian ceived with great tinueth his tale. Nodding their heads be- soul,
joy and hospitalfore her goes 35
We hailed it in God's
“It ate the food it ne'er For all averred, I had
killed the bird
bird to slay
95 The helmsman steered us That made the breeze to through!
blow! And lol the Albatross proveth And a good south wind
“Nor dim nor red, like But when the fog bird of good omen, and followeth the
cleared off, they sprung up behind;
God's own head, justify the same, ship as it returned The Albatross did follow,
The glorious sun uprist:
themselves accomfog and floating And every day, for food or
Then all averred, I had plices in the crime. ice. play,
killed the bird
'Twas right, said they, such
birds to slay,
fair fog-smoke “The fair breeze blew, the The
continues; the ship white,
white foam flew, enters the Pacific Glimmered the white moon- The furrow followed free: Ocean, and sails shine." We were the first that ever till it reaches the
105 “God save thee, ancient Into that silent sea. The ancient Mariner inhospitably
Mariner! killeth the pious From the fiends, that plague bird of good omen.
“Down dropt the breeze, The ship hath been thee thus !
the sails dropt down, suddenly becalmed. Why look'st thou so?”—
'Twas sad as sad could be; "With my cross-bow And we did speak only to I shot the Albatross!”
The silence of the sea!
“All in a hot and copper
85 did stand,
We stuck, nor breath nor
As idle as a painted ship
the mariners' | Upon a painted ocean.
be His shipmates cry “And I had done a hellish And all the boards did avenged. out against the anthing,
shrink; cient Mariner for killing the bird of And it would work 'em Water, water, everywhere, good luck. woe;
Nor any drop to drink.
“The very deep did rot:
“At first it seemed a little
"About, about, in reel and “A speck, a mist, a shape,
155 Burnt green, and blue, and It plunged and tacked and white.
A Spirit had fol
'And some in dreams as- "With throats unslaked, At its nearer ap lowed them; one of the invisible insured were
with black lips baked, him to be a ship; habitants of this
and at a dear ranplanet, neither de Of the spirit that plagued We could nor laugh nor
som he freeth his parted souls us so:
speech from the angels.
bonds of thirst.
dumb we stood!
And cried, 'A sail! a sail!'
“With throats unslaked,
A flash of joy; more than if
Gramercy! they for joy did
And all at once their breath
As they were drinking all. would fain throw looks the whole guilt on the ancient Mar- Had I from old and young! “See! see (I cried) she
lows. For can it iner: sign Instead of the cross, the
tacks no more!
a ship that whereof they hang
comes onward withthe dead seabird Albatross
Hither to work us weal; out wind or tide? round his neck. About my neck was hung. Without a breeze, without
She steadies with upright
170 “There passed a weary
time. Each throat “The western wave was all Was parched, and glazed a-flame:
The day was well nigh done: A weary time! A weary Almost upon the western time!
wave How glazed each weary
Rested the broad bright The ancient Mareye!
sun; iner beholdeth: When looking westward I
When that strange shape sign in the element afar off. beheld
drove suddenly 175 A something in the sky. Betwixt us and the sun.
It seemeth him
“And straight the sun was “We listened and looked At the rising of the but the skeleton of a ship. flecked with bars,
205 With broad and burning The stars were dim, and
thick the night,
The steersman's face by his
From the sails the dew did
Till clomb above the eastern
Within the nether tip. And its ribs are “Are those her ribs through seen as bars on the face of the setting which the sun 185
“One after one, by the star- One after another, Did peer, as through a
Too quick for groan or
Each turned his face with
a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his
“Four times fifty living His shipmates drop Like, vessel, like “Her lips were red, her
men, crew! looks were free,
(And I heard nor sigh nor
190 Her locks were yellow as
With heavy thump, a life
They dropped down one
“The souls did from their But Life-in-Death Who thicks man's blood
begins her work on
the ancient Marwith cold. They fled to bliss or woe!
iner. Death and Life-in
And every soul, it passed Death have diced “The naked hulk alongside
me by, for the ship's crew, and she (the lat came,
195 Like the whizz of my cross-
“I fear thee, ancient Mar- The WeddingQuoth she, and whistles
Guest seareth that
a spirit is talking to thrice.
I fear thy skinny hand! 225 him;
And thou art long, and No twilight within “The sun's rim dips; the the courts of the
lank, and brown,
As is the ribbed sea-sand.
“I fear thee and thy glitter-
And thy skinny hand, so
o'er the sea,