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Coleridge's Ancient Mariner and Select Poems By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Characters: 975

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When France in wrath her giant-limbs upreared,

And with that oath, which smote air, earth, and sea,

Stamped her strong foot and said she would be free,

Bear witness for me, how I hoped and feared! 25

With what a joy my lofty gratulation

Unawed I sang, amid a slavish band:

And when to whelm the disenchanted nation,

Like fiends embattled by a wizard's wand,

The Monarchs marched in evil day, 30

And Britain joined the dire array;

Though dear her shores and c

ircling ocean,

Though many friendships, many youthful loves

Had swoln the patriot emotion

And flung a magic light o'er all her hills and groves; 35

Yet still my voice, unaltered, sang defeat

To all that braved the tyrant-quelling lance,

And shame too long delayed and vain retreat!

For ne'er, O Liberty! with partial aim

I dimmed thy light or damped thy holy flame; 40

But blessed the paeans of delivered France,

And hung my head and wept at Britain's name.

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