Rime of the Ancient Mariner List 3

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  1. nigh
    near in time or place or relationship
    The day was well nigh done!
  2. ken
    range of what one can know or understand
    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.
  3. befall
    become of; happen to
    How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his own Country.
  4. abide
    The moving Moon went up the sky,
    And no where did abide:
    Softly she was going up,
    And a star or two beside—
  5. kin
    a person related to another or others
    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.'
  6. wont
    an established custom
    The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
    Yet never a breeze up-blew;
    The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
    Where they were wont to do;
    They raised their limbs like lifeless tools—
    We were a ghastly crew.
  7. dodge
    a quick evasive movement
    And still it neared and neared:
    As if it dodged a water-sprite,
    It plunged and tacked and veered.
  8. smite
    inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
    Stunned by that loud and dreadful sound,
    Which sky and ocean smote,
    Like one that hath been seven days drowned
    My body lay afloat;
    But swift as dreams, myself I found
    Within the Pilot's boat.
  9. wretch
    someone who performs some wicked deed
    Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
    That made the breeze to blow!
  10. wherefore
    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation
    'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
    Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
  11. discern
    detect with the senses
    How long in that same fit I lay,
    I have not to declare;
    But ere my living life returned,
    I heard and in my soul discerned
    Two voices in the air.
  12. stride
    walk with long steps
    The Sun's rim dips; the stars rush out;
    At one stride comes the dark;
    With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea,
    Off shot the spectre-bark.
  13. garment
    an article of clothing
    My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
    My garments all were dank;
    Sure I had drunken in my dreams,
    And still my body drank.
  14. grim
    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    If he may know which way to go;
    For she guides him smooth or grim.
  15. gleam
    a flash of light
    The stars were dim, and thick the night,
    The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white;
    From the sails the dew did drip—
    Till clomb above the eastern bar
    The hornèd Moon, with one bright star
    Within the nether tip.
  16. mingle
    be all mixed up or jumbled together
    It raised my hair, it fanned my cheek
    Like a meadow-gale of spring—
    It mingled strangely with my fears,
    Yet it felt like a welcoming.
  17. foe
    an armed adversary
    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.
  18. idle
    exist in a changeless situation
    Day after day, day after day,
    We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
    As idle as a painted ship
    Upon a painted ocean.
  19. utter
    without qualification
    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.
  20. declare
    state emphatically and authoritatively
    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.
  21. behold
    see with attention
    When looking westward, I beheld
    A something in the sky.
  22. bid
    ask for or request earnestly
    'Say quick,' quoth he, 'I bid thee say—
    What manner of man art thou?'
  23. scarcely
    almost not
    The Hermit stepped forth from the boat,
    And scarcely he could stand.
  24. cease
    put an end to a state or an activity
    It ceased; yet still the sails made on
    A pleasant noise till noon,
    A noise like of a hidden brook
    In the leafy month of June,
    That to the sleeping woods all night
    Singeth a quiet tune.
  25. troop
    an orderly crowd
    'Twas not those souls that fled in pain,
    Which to their corses came again,
    But a troop of spirits blest:
  26. assure
    cause to feel confident
    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.
  27. bound
    confined by bonds
    Then like a pawing horse let go,
    She made a sudden bound:
    It flung the blood into my head,
    And I fell down in a swound.

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