"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Parts I-IV

This seven-part poem tells the story of a sailor who brings a curse on his ship after killing an albatross, a giant sea bird considered to be a good omen. Read the text here, and learn vocabulary from parts V-VII here.
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  1. wherefore
    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation
    By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
    Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
  2. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    The guests are met, the feast is set:
    May'st hear the merry din.
  3. slope
    be at an angle
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
    As who pursued with yell and blow
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
    And forward bends his head
  4. prow
    the front part of a vessel
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
    As who pursued with yell and blow
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
    And forward bends his head
  5. tread
    put down or press the foot, place the foot
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
    As who pursued with yell and blow
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
    And forward bends his head
  6. flee
    run away quickly
    The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
    And southward aye we fled.
  7. albatross
    a large web-footed bird noted for powerful gliding flight
    At length did cross an Albatross,
    Thorough the fog it came;
    As if it had been a Christian soul,
    We hailed it in God's name.
  8. hail
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    At length did cross an Albatross,
    Thorough the fog it came;
    As if it had been a Christian soul,
    We hailed it in God's name.
  9. shroud
    a line that regulates the angle at which a sail is set
    In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
    It perched for vespers nine;
    Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
    Glimmered the white Moon-shine.
  10. fiend
    an evil supernatural being
    God save thee, ancient Mariner!
    From the fiends, that plague thee thus!
  11. plague
    annoy continually or chronically
    God save thee, ancient Mariner!
    From the fiends, that plague thee thus!
  12. aver
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    For all averred, I had killed the bird
    That made the breeze to blow.
  13. wretch
    someone you feel sorry for
    Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
    That made the breeze to blow!
  14. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    About, about, in reel and rout
    The death-fires danced at night
  15. assure
    give somebody confidence of the truth of something
    And some in dreams assurèd were
    Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
    Nine fathom deep he had followed us
    From the land of mist and snow.
  16. utter
    complete
    And every tongue, through utter drought,
    Was withered at the root;
    We could not speak, no more than if
    We had been choked with soot.
  17. withered
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    And every tongue, through utter drought,
    Was withered at the root;
    We could not speak, no more than if
    We had been choked with soot.
  18. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
    There passed a weary time.
  19. parched
    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    Each throat
    Was parched, and glazed each eye.
  20. agape
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
    Agape they heard me call:
    Gramercy!
  21. leprosy
    communicable disease characterized by wasting of body parts
    Her skin was as white as leprosy
  22. specter
    a ghostly appearing figure
    With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea,
    Off shot the spectre-bark.
  23. nether
    lower
    Till clomb above the eastern bar
    The hornèd Moon, with one bright star
    Within the nether tip.

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