The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (I)

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Can you name the following line in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Part the First and Part the Second?

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It is an ancient Mariner,Part the First
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
'The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
The guests are met, the feast is set:
He holds him with his skinny hand,
'Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'
He holds him with his glittering eye—
And listens like a three years child:
The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Below the kirk, below the hill,
The Sun came up upon the left,
And he shone bright, and on the right
Higher and higher every day,
The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
The bride hath paced into the hall,
Nodding their heads before her goes
The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
And thus spake on that ancient man,
And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
With sloping masts and dipping prow,
Still treads the shadow of his foe
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And now there came both mist and snow,
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
The ice was here, the ice was there,
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
At length did cross an Albatross:
As if it had been a Christian soul,
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
And every day, for food or play,
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
Why look'st thou so?'—With my cross-bow
The Sun now rose upon the right:Part the Second
Still hid in mist, and on the left
And the good south wind still blew behind
Nor any day for food or play
And I had done an hellish thing,
For all averred, I had killed the bird
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head,
Then all averred, I had killed the bird
'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
We were the first that ever burst
Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
And we did speak only to break
All in a hot and copper sky,
Right up above the mast did stand,
Day after day, day after day,
As idle as a painted ship
Water, water, every where,
Water, water, every where,
The very deep did rot: O Christ!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
About, about, in reel and rout
The water, like a witch's oils,
And some in dreams assured were
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
And every tongue, through utter drought,
We could not speak, no more than if
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Instead of the cross, the Albatross

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