The Music of Silence : In Coleridge’s epic poem, the Ancient Mariner, amid the horrors of a ship of dead men, sees a sight both beautiful and surreal.
The Music of Silence

From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).

The Ancient Mariner has wantonly killed an albatross, and brought death and destruction on his ship. Surrounded now by the dead bodies of the crew, a new and ghostly sight meets his eyes.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
(extract)

EACH corse lay flat, lifeless and flat,
And, by the holy rood!
A man all light, a seraph-man,
On every corse there stood.

This seraph-band, each waved his hand:
It was a heavenly sight!
They stood as signals to the land,
Each one a lovely light;

This seraph-band, each waved his hand,
No voice did they impart—
No voice; but O, the silence sank
Like music on my heart.

From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).

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