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    Charles H. Sylvester
Excerpt from book: THE RIME OF THE i ANCIENT MARINER By Samuei. T. Coleridge PART I IT IS an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. "By thy long gray beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me? "The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin: The guests are met, the feast is set: May'st hear the merry din." NoTE.—In 1798 there was published in England a little volume of poems known as Lyrical Ballads. This collection brought to its two young authors, Wordsworth and Coleridge, little immediate fame, but not long afterward people began to realize that much that was contained in the little book was real poetry, and great poetry. The chief contribution of Coleridge to this venture was The Ancient Mariner. The poem as originally printed had a scries of quaintly explanatory notes in the margin, and an introductory argument which read as follows: "How a ship having passed the Line, was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole: and how from thence ehe made her course to the tropical latitudes of the great Pacific Ocean, and of the strange things that befell: and in what manner the Ancient Mariner came back to his own country." He holds him with a skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he. "Hold off! unhand me, gray-beard loon!" Eftsoons1 his hand dropt he. He holds him with his glittering eye— The Wedding-guest stood still, And listens like a three years' child: The Mariner hath his will. The Wedding-guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear: And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner:2— "The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. "The sun came up upon the left,3 Out of the sea came he! And he shone...  
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