And a good south wind sprung up behind; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariner’s hollo! PLAY. A noise like of a hidden brook And every soul, it passed me by, Like the whizz of my cross-bow! He holds him with his skinny hand, ‘There was a ship,’ quoth he. ‘The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. From the fiends, that plague thee thus!— Why look’st thou so?’—With my cross-bow I shot the ALBATROSS. O Wedding-Guest! The ship sailed on smoothly and slowly, as if some force propelled it from under the bottom. 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. His had surely drunk water while asleep. As they discussed Shelvocke's book, Wordsworth proffered the following developmental critique to Coleridge, which importantly contains a reference to tutelary spirits: "Suppose you represent him as having killed one of these birds on entering the south sea, and the tutelary spirits of these regions take upon them to avenge the crime. is this indeed The light-house top I see? He, after some fruitless attempts, at length, shot the Albatross, not doubting we should have a fair wind after it. The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner. As they were drinking all. This Hermit good lives in that wood Which slopes down to the sea. Privacy | Terms of Service, Endpaper from Journeys Through Bookland, Charles Sylvester, 1922, "yet still the sails made on Resulting Effect Coleridge employs internal rhyme to transform glossed over information into attention grabbing details. The sails at noon left off their tune, And the ship stood still also. Please support this website by adding us to your whitelist in your ad blocker. Part 5: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Analysis. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse, And yet I could not die. Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a woful agony, Which forced me to begin my tale; And then it left me free. The harbour-bay was clear as glass, So smoothly it was strewn! Or let me sleep alway.[3]. So, addressing him, the latter tells that his appearance has again filled him (the wedding guest) with fear. Under the keel nine fathom deep, From the land of mist and snow, The spirit slid: and it was he That made the ship to go. "Out of the sea came he!..." As if through a dungeon-grate he peered With broad and burning face. The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through! Back on land, the mariner is compelled by "a woful agony" to tell the hermit his story. The crew is angry with the mariner, believing the albatross brought the south wind that led them out of the Antarctic. I shot the .mw-parser-output span.smallcaps{font-variant:small-caps}.mw-parser-output span.smallcaps-smaller{font-size:85%}Albatross.[3]. We drifted o’er the harbour-bar, And I with sobs did pray— O let me be awake, my God! This body dropt not down. He and I (the ancient mariner) were working at the same rope. See in text (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts). Coleridge, The Pains of Sleep by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Nightingale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Part VI: The Rime of The Ancient Mariner by S.T. well a-day! Coleridge is about how the Ancient Mariner’s ship sailed past the Equator, and how it was driven by storms to the cold regions towards the  South Pole; from there she sailed (the ship) sailed back to the tropical Latitude of the Pacific Oceans; how the Ancient Mariner cruelly and inhospitably killed a sea-bird called Albatross, and how he (the mariner) was followed by many and strange distresses; and also how he could come back to his own country. ‘God save thee, ancient Mariner! And innumerable beautiful, flashes of fire were seen flying to and fro. The Wedding-Guest is at first reluctant to listen, as the ceremony is about to begin, but the mariner's glittering eye captivates him. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner recounts the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.