Poetry Friday: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

February 16, 2007 @ 5:05 pm | Filed under: Poetry

…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
Their beauty might declare :
A spring of love gushed from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware :
Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
And I blessed them unaware.

The self-same moment I could pray ;
And from my neck so free
The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.

Oh 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 my soul…

—from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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4 Responses | | Comments Feed

  1. This is one of my favorite poems! Thanks for reminding me of how much I enjoy it…

  2. There is a wonderful audio reading of this poem at the Gutenburg Project.


  3. Beautiful. I have not read this poem in a long while. Thank you.

  4. Great selection!