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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 6-2

The remains of a massive star that exploded, perhaps being witnessed by Chinese astronomers in 386 A.D.

Originally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution

(first voice)

‘But why drives on that ship so fast,
Without or wave or wind?’

(second voice)

‘The air is cut away before,
And closes from behind.

Fly, brother, fly! more high, more high!
Or we shall be belated:
For slow and slow that ship will go,
When the Mariner’s trance is abated.’

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