The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Who said, "The ship was cheered, the harbor cleared, merrily did we drop below the kirk, below the hill, below the lighthouse top"?

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The Ancient Mariner says these words. We know this because the Wedding Guest to whom the Mariner tells his long story states:

And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.
The Ancient Mariner is describing how the ship sets out on its journey. Everyone is happy, cheerful, and optimistic. The Ancient Mariner has no idea at this point the horrors that are ahead of him. The Wedding Guest, who seems to be under a spell that forces him to sit and listen to the tale like a three-year-old child, begins to beat his breast with impatience. He hears the music of the wedding feast and wants to go in to the celebration. However, he feels compelled to hear out the Ancient Mariner. He is impatient at this point, because he doesn't know where the Ancient Mariner is going with this story and is not yet gripped by the tale.

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The Mariner spoke these words.  He said them to the wedding guest that he has stopped in Part I of the poem.  He is telling the guest about the beginning of the voyage during which the Mariner killed the albatross.  He is letting the listener know that the voyage had started out with the usual lightness and happiness.

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