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How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by Storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole ; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean ; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his own Country
It is an ancyent Marinere,
And he stoppeth one of three : By thy long grey beard and thy glittering eye • Now wherefore stoppest me?
" The Bridegroom's doors are open'd wide
" And I am next of kin; “ The Guests are met, the Feast is set,
“May'st hear the merry din,
But still he holds the wedding-guest
There was a Ship, quoth he-
“ Marinere ! come with me."
He holds him with his skinny hand,
Quoth he, there was a Ship-
Staff shall make thee skip.
He holds him with his glittering eye
The wedding guest stood still
The Marinere hath his will.
The wedding-guest sate on a stone,
He cannot chuse but hear :
The bright-eyed Marinere.