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Where are those lights so many and fair,
That signal made but now p”
“Strange, by my faith!” the Hermit said
“And they answer'd not our cheer!
The planks look'd warp'd! and see those sail
How thin they are and sere !
I never saw aught like to them,
Unless perchance it were
Brown skeletons of leaves that lag
My forest-brook along;
When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow,
And the owlet whoops to the wolf below,
That eats the she-wolf's young.”
“ Dear Lord ! it hath a fiendish look-
(The pilot made reply)
I am a-fear'd” “Push on, push on!"
Said the Hermit cheerily.
The boat came closer to the ship,
But I nor spake nor stirr'd;
*The boat came close beneath the ship,
And straight a sound was heard.
Under the water it rumbled on,
Still louder and more dread :
It reach'd the ship, it split the bay;
The ship went down like lead.
Stunn’d by that loud and dreadful sound,
Which sky and ocean smote,
Like one that hath been seven days drown'd
My body lay afloat;
But swift as dreams, myself I found
Within the Pilot's boat.




Upon the whirl, where sank the ship,
The boat spun round and round;
And all was still, save that the hill

Was telling of the sound.
I moved my lips—the Pilot shriek'd
And fell down in a fit;
The holy Hermit raised his eyes,
And pray'd where he did sit.

50 I took the oars: the Pilot's boy, Who now doth crazy go, Laugh'd loud and long, and all the while His eyes went to and fro. “Ha! ha!" quoth he, "full plain I see, 55 The Devil knows how to row." And now, all in my own countree, I stood on the firm land ! The Hermit stepp'd forth from the boat, And scarcely he could stand.

60 “O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man!” The hermit cross'd his brow.

Say quick," quoth he, “I bid thee say— What manner of man art thou?” Forthwith this frame of mine was wrench'd 65 With a woful agony, Which forced me to begin my tale; And then it left me free.


Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns :
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.




I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
What loud uproar bursts from that door!
The wedding guests are there :
But in the garden-bower the bride
And bride-maids singing are:
And bark the little vesper bell,
Which biddeth me to prayer!
O Wedding-Guest! this soul hath been
Alone on a wide wide sea:
So lonely ’t was, that God himself
Scarce seemed there to be.
O sweeter than the marriage-feast,
'T is sweeter far to me,
To walk together to the kirk
With a goodly company!-
To walk together to the kirk,
And all together pray,
While each to his great Father bends,

and babes, and loving friends,
And youths and maidens gay!
Farewell, farewell ! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest !
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;


Old men,



For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
The Mariner, whose eye is bright,

Whose beard with age is hoar,
Is gone: and now the Wedding-Guest
Turn’d from the bridegroom's door.
He went like one that hath been stunn'd,
And is of sense forlorn :

A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn. COLERIDGE.

ASTROLOGY. (Translation from Schiller's Wallenstein.) Countess. The Astrological tower!-How happens it That this same sanctuary, whose access Is to all others so impracticable, Opens before you ev'n at your approach ?

Thekla. A dwarfish old man with a friendly face 5 And snow-white hairs, whose gracious services Were mine at first sight, open'd me the doors.

Max. That is the Duke's astrologer, old Seni. Thekla. He question'd me on many points; for in

stance, When I was born, what month, and on what day, 10 Whether by day or in the night. Countess.

He wish'd To erect a figure for your horoscope.

Thekla. My hand too he examined, shook his head With much sad meaning, and the lines, methought, 15 Did not square over truly with his wishes. [tower?

Countess. Well, Princess, and what found you in this


My highest privilege has been to snatch
A side-glance, and away!

It was a strange

20 Sensation that came o'er me, when at first From the broad sunshine I stepp'd in; and now The narrowing line of day-light, that ran after The closing door, was gone; and all about me ’T was pale and dusky night, with many shadows 25 Fantastically cast. Here six or seven Colossal statues, and all kings, stood round me In a half-circle. Each one in his hand A sceptre bore, and on his head a star; And in the tower no other light was there But from these stars : all seem'd to come from them. “ These are the planets,” said that low old man; “They govern worldly fates, and for that cause Are imaged here as kings. He farthest from you, Spiteful, and cold, an old man melancholy, 35 With bent and yellow forehead, he is Saturn. He opposite, the king with the red light, An arm'd man for the battle, that is Mars : And both these bring but little luck to man.” But at his side a lovely lady stood,

40 The star upon her head was soft and bright, And that was Venus, the bright star of joy; On the left hand, lo! Mercury, with wings. Quite in the middle glitter'd silver bright A cheerful man and with a monarch's mien; And this was Jupiter, my father's star : And at his side I saw the Sun and Moon.

Max. O never rudely will I blame his faith In the might of stars and angels! 'Tis not merely The human being's pride that peoples space

50 With life and mystical predominance;


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