SHIP GO NEAR SOMEWHERE?

 

It is an ancient SEA SMITH,
And he rapeth one of three.
‘By thy long grey tentacles and fishy eye,
Now wherefore rape’st thou me?
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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.’
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SEA holds him with his suckered hand,
‘There was a ship,’ quoth SEA.
‘Hold off! unhand me, grey-tentacled loon!’
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.
.
SEA holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years’ child:
The SEA SMITH hath his will.
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The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient SEA,
The bright-eyed SMITH.
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‘The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the lighthouse top.
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The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he!
And he shone bright, and on the right
Went down into the sea.
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Higher and higher every day,
Till over the mast at noon—’
The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
For he heard the loud bassoon.
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The bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.
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The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient SEA,
The bright-eyed SMITH.
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And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o’ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.
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THEN SEA SMITH SHOOT BIRD,
SHIP HAVE BAD THINGS
SAILORS DIE
SEA SMITH SWIM OFF
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~Fin~