Rime of the Ancient Mariner List 2

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  1. fathom
    a linear unit of measurement for water depth
    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.
  2. cleft
    a split or indentation in something
    The thick black cloud was cleft, and still
    The Moon was at its side:
    Like waters shot from some high crag,
    The lightning fell with never a jag,
    A river steep and wide.
  3. slay
    kill intentionally and with premeditation
    Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
    That made the breeze to blow!
  4. lag
    the act of slowing down or falling behind
    Brown skeletons of leaves that lag
    My forest-brook along;
    When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow,
    And the owlet whoops to the wolf below,
    That eats the she-wolf's young.'
  5. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    About, about, in reel and rout
    The death-fires danced at night;
    The water, like a witch's oils,
    Burnt green, and blue and white.
  6. wan
    deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
    And to and fro, and in and out,
    The wan stars danced between.
  7. agony
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    And never a saint took pity on
    My soul in agony.
  8. crimson
    a deep and vivid red color
    And the bay was white with silent light,
    Till rising from the same,
    Full many shapes, that shadows were,
    In crimson colours came.
  9. furrow
    a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
    The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
    The furrow followed free;
    We were the first that ever burst
    Into that silent sea.
  10. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    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.'
  11. wrench
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
    With a woful agony,
    Which forced me to begin my tale;
    And then it left me free.
  12. gush
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
    O happy living things! no tongue
    Their beauty might declare:
    A spring of love gushed from my heart,
    And I blessed them unaware:
    Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
    And I blessed them unaware.
  13. twain
    two items of the same kind
    The naked hulk alongside came,
    And the twain were casting dice;
    'The game is done!
  14. thrice
    three times
    Quoth she, and whistles thrice.
  15. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    He went like one that hath been stunned,
    And is of sense forlorn:
    A sadder and a wiser man,
    He rose the morrow morn.
  16. abate
    become less in amount or intensity
    Or we shall be belated:
    For slow and slow that ship will go,
    When the Mariner's trance is abated.'
  17. shroud
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    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.'
  18. tread
    stomp heavily or roughly
    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,
    The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
    And southward aye we fled.
  19. woe
    misery resulting from affliction
    And I had done a hellish thing,
    And it would work 'em woe:
    For all averred, I had killed the bird
    That made the breeze to blow.
  20. strew
    spread by scattering
    The harbour-bay was clear as glass,
    So smoothly it was strewn!
  21. attire
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    Within the shadow of the ship
    I watched their rich attire:
    Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
    They coiled and swam; and every track
    Was a flash of golden fire.
  22. reel
    walk as if unable to control one's movements
    About, about, in reel and rout
    The death-fires danced at night;
    The water, like a witch's oils,
    Burnt green, and blue and white.
  23. dismal
    causing dejection
    And through the drifts the snowy clifts
    Did send a dismal sheen:
    Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
    The ice was all between.

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