“Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
With a woeful 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.”
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Book VII, 1817)

This Heart within Me Burns

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  1. […] I posted three stanzas from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. […]

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