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Her beams bemocked the sultry main
Like April hoar-frost spread ; But where the ship's huge shadow lay, The charmed water burnt alway
A still and awful red.
Beyond the shadow of the ship
I watched the water-snakes :
They moved in tracks of shining white; And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.
Within the shadow of the ship
I watched their rich attire:
track Was a flash of golden fire.
O happy living things! no tongue
Their beauty might declare : A spring of love gusht from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware !
kind saint took pity on me, And I blessed them unaware.
The self-same moment I could
pray ; And from
neck so free The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.
" O sleep, it is a gentle thing
Beloved from pole to pole! To Mary-queen the praise be given, She sent the gentle sleep from heaven That slid into
The silly buckets on the deck
That had so long remained, I dreamt that they were filled with dew,
And when I awoke it rained.
My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
My garments all were dank; Sure I had drunken in my dreams,
And still my body drank.
I moved and could not feel my limbs,
I was so light, almost
And was a blessed Ghost.
And soon I heard a roaring wind,
It did not come anear ;
But with its sound it shook the sails
That were so thin and sere.
air burst into life,
The wan stars danced between:
And the coming wind did roar more loud ;
And the sails did sigh like sedge : And the rain poured down from one black cloud
The moon was at its edge.
Sometimes a-dropping from the sky
I heard the Sky-lark sing; Sometimes all little birds that are How they seemed to fill the sea and air
With their sweet jargoning !
And now 'twas like all instruments,
Now like a lonely flute : And now it is an angel's song
That makes the heavens be mute.
It ceased : yet still the sails made on
A pleasant noise till noon,
In the leafy month of June,
Singeth a quiet tune.