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And the coming wind did roar more loud,
And the rain poured down from one black cloud
The thick black cloud was cleft, and still
The Moon was at its side:
Like waters shot from some high crag,
The loud wind never reached the ship,
They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
They raised their limbs like lifeless tools-
The body of my brother's son
Stood by me, knee to knee :
"I fear thee, ancient mariner!"
For when it dawned-they dropped their arms,
Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths, And from their bodies passed.
Around, around, flew each sweet sound,
Sometimes a-dropping from the sky,
But tell me, tell me! speak again,
Still as a slave before his lord,
If he may know which way to go;
But why drives on that ship so fast,
The air is cut away before,
Fly, brother, fly! more high, more high !
For slow and slow that ship will go,
When the mariner's trance is abated.
I woke, and we were sailing on
As in a gentle weather:
'Twas night, calm night, the moon was high; The dead men stood together.
All stood together on the deck,
The pang, the curse, with which they died,
I could not draw my eyes from theirs,
And now this spell was snapt: once more
And looked far north, yet little saw
This seraph-band, each waved his hand:
But soon I heard the dash of oars,
The pilot and the pilot's boy,
I saw a third-I hear his voice:
He singeth loud his godly hymns
He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away
This hermit good lives in that wood
That come from a far countree.
He kneels at morn, and noon, and eve―
It is the moss that wholly hides
The skiff-boat neared: I heard them talk,
Where are those lights so many and fair,
'Strange, by my faith!" the hermit said—
"And they answered not our cheer!
The planks looked warped! and see those sails, How thin they are and sere!
I never saw aught like to them,
Unless perchance it were
Brown skeletons of leaves that lay
When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow,
"Dear Lord! it hath a fiendish look(The pilot made reply)