Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Curse of the Dead

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, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, IV: verse 9

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