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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: Blue, glossy green, and velvet black They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.
O happy living things! no tongue
A spring of love gusht from my heart,
Sure my kind saint took pity on me, And I blessed them unaware.
The self-same moment I could pray;
The Albatross fell off, and sank
"O sleep, it is a gentle tiling
Beloved from pole to pole!
That slid into my soul.
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,
Sure I had drunken in my dreams',
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;
That were so thin and sere.
The upper air burst into life,
And a hundred fire-flags sheen
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.