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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.

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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, ,

45 tree;

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!

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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,
A savage place! as holy and enchanted And drunk the milk of Paradise.
As e'er beneath a waning moon was
haunted

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
breathing,

PART I
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst It is an ancient Mariner,

An ancient Mar

iner meeteth three Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding And he stoppeth one of Gallants bidden to hail,

three.

a wedding-feast,

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."

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ever

ran,

He holds him with his The wedding-guest he beat
skinny hand,

his breast,
“There was a ship,” quoth Yet he cannot choose but
he.

hear;
off! unhand me, And thus spake on that
graybeard loon!”

ancient man,
Eftsoons his hand dropt he. The bright-eyed Mariner:

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“Hold

man,

hear

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we

The Wedding

"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,

ing wings,
And listens like a three

And chased us south along.
years' child:
The Mariner hath his will.

“With sloping masts and

dipping prow, 45
The wedding-guest sat on As who pursued with yell
a stone:

and blow
He cannot choose but hear; Still treads the shadow of
And thus spake on that

his foe,
ancient man,

And forward bends his head,
The bright-eyed Mariner. 20 The ship drove fast, loud

roared the blast,
“The ship was cheered,

And southward aye the harbor cleared,

fled.

50 Merrily did we drop

“And now there came both Below the kirk, below the

mist and snow,
hill,

And it grew wondrous cold;
Below the lighthouse top.

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-
“Higher and higher every

The ice was all between.
day,
Till

“The ice was here, the ice
the mast at

was there,

The ice was all around: 60
The wedding-guest here

It cracked and growled,
beat his breast,

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
The merry minstrelsy.

name.

of

snowy clifts

over

noon,"

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“It ate the food it ne'er For all averred, I had
had eat,

killed the bird
And round and round it That made the breeze to
flew.

blow.
The ice did split with a Ah wretch! said they, the
thunder-fit;

bird to slay

95 The helmsman steered us That made the breeze to through!

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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:

thus

themselves accomfog and floating And every day, for food or

Then all averred, I had plices in the crime. ice. play,

killed the bird
Came to the mariners' That brought the fog and
hollo!

mist.
“In mist or cloud, on mast

'Twas right, said they, such

birds to slay,
or shroud,

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It perched for vespers nine; That bring the fog and mist.
Whiles all the night,

breeze through

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

Line. burst

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 !

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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!”

break

The silence of the sea!
PART II
“The sun now,

rose upon

“All in a hot and copper
the right:

sky,
Out of the sea came he, The bloody sun, at noon,
Still hid in mist, and on the Right up above the mast
left

85 did stand,
Went down into the sea. No bigger than the moon.
“And the good south wind
still blew behind,
"Day after day, day after

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But no
sweet bird did

day,
follow,

We stuck, nor breath nor

motion;
Nor any day, for food or

As idle as a painted ship
play,
Came to

the mariners' | Upon a painted ocean.
hollo!

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“Water, water, everywhere, And the Albatross

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.

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“The very deep did rot:

O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl
with legs

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Upon the slimy sea.

“At first it seemed a little

speck,
And then it seemed a mist:
It moved and moved, and
took at last

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A certain shape, I wist.

"About, about, in reel and “A speck, a mist, a shape,
rout,

I wist!
The death-fires danced at And still it neared and
night;

neared:
The water, like a witch's As if it dodged a water-
oils,

sprite,

155 Burnt green, and blue, and It plunged and tacked and white.

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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:

wail;

speech from the angels.

bonds of thirst.
Nine fathom deep he had Through utter drought all
followed us,

dumb we stood!
From the land of mist and I bit my arm, I sucked the
snow.

blood,

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And cried, 'A sail! a sail!'
“And every tongue, through
utter drought, 135

“With throats unslaked,
Was withered at the root; with black lips baked,
We could not speak, no Agape they heard me call:

A flash of joy; more than if

Gramercy! they for joy did
We had been choked with grin,
soot.

And all at once their breath
drew in,

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The shipmates, in
their sore distress,
“Ah! well-a-day! what evil

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

horror fol

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

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Hither to work us weal; out wind or tide? round his neck. About my neck was hung. Without a breeze, without

a tide,

She steadies with upright
PART III

keel!'

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!

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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.

And

in

be

each eye.

moon,

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sun.

sigh,

and

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,

sideways up!
(Heaven's Mother send us Fear at my heart, as at a
grace!)

сир,
As if through a dungeon My life-blood seemed to
grate he peered,

sip!

205 With broad and burning The stars were dim, and

1, face.

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thick the night,

The steersman's face by his
“Alas! (thought I, and my lamp gleamed white;
heart beat loud)

From the sails the dew did
How fast she nears and drip-
nears!

Till clomb above the eastern
Are those her sails that bar
glance in the sun, The hornèd moon,

with one
Like restless gossameres? bright star

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

dogged moon,
grate?

Too quick for groan or
The Spectre- And is that Woman all her
Woman and her
Death-mate,

Each turned his face with
crew?
no other on board Is that a Death? and are

a ghastly pang,
the skeleton-ship.
there two?

And cursed me with his
Is Death that woman's eye.

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mate?

“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

groan) gold:

With heavy thump, a life

less lump,
Her skin was as white as
leprosy,

They dropped down one
The nightmare Life-in-

by one.
Death was she,

“The souls did from their But Life-in-Death Who thicks man's blood

bodies fly,

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-
ter) winneth the And the twain were casting bow!”
ancient Mariner.

dice;
‘The game is done! I've

PART IV
won, I've won!'

“I fear thee, ancient Mar- The WeddingQuoth she, and whistles

iner!

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,
stars rush out:

As is the ribbed sea-sand.
At one stride comes the
dark;

“I fear thee and thy glitter-
With far-heard whisper,

ing eye,

And thy skinny hand, so
Off shot the spectre-barķ. brown.”

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sun.

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o'er the sea,

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