Quotes from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge ·  77 pages

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“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was white as leprosy,
The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



“Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“The fair breeze blew,
The white foam flew,
And the forrow followed free.
We were the first to ever burst into the silent sea.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“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.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



“Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,
Yet she sailed softly too:
Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze -
On me alone it blew.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“An orphans curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! How more horrible that that
Is the curse in a dead man’s eye!”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“I look'd to Heav'n, and try'd to pray; But or ever a prayer had gusht, A wicked whisper came and made My heart as dry as dust.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white moonshine.
[...]
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“The selfmoment I could pray;
And from my neck so free
The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



“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.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“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; For the dear God who loveth us He made and loveth all.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! more horrible than that
Is the curse in a dead man's eye!
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse,
And yet I could not die.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

[SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)]”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



“And I had done a hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“How long in that same fit I lay, I have not to declare; But ere my living life returned, I heard and in my soul discerned Two VOICES in the air. "Is it he?" quoth one, "Is this the man? By him who died on cross, With his cruel bow he laid full low, The harmless Albatross. "The spirit who bideth by himself In the land of mist and snow, He loved the bird that loved the man Who shot him with his bow." The other was a softer voice, As soft as honey-dew: Quoth he, "The man hath penance done, And penance more will do.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea!   All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon.   Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner



“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; 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 Turned from the bridegroom's door.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“I readily believe that there are more invisible than visible Natures in the universe. But who will explain for us the family of all these beings, and the ranks and relations and distinguishing features and functions of each? What do they do? What places do they inhabit? The human mind has always sought the knowledge of these things, but never attained it. Meanwhile I do not deny that it is helpful sometimes to contemplate in the mind, as on a tablet, the image of a greater and better world, lest the intellect, habituated to the petty things of daily life, narrow itself and sink wholly into trivial thoughts. But at the same time we must be watchful for the truth and keep a sense of proportion, so that we may distinguish the certain from the uncertain, day from night.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


“Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Night-Mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she, Who thicks man's blood with cold.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


About the author

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Born place: in Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England, The United Kingdom
Born date October 21, 1772
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