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“I fear thee, ancient Mariner!”
The wedding guest's interjection shifts the narrative back to the present; the "fear" expressed is a shared one with the reader.
“I fear thee and thy glittering eye”
The "glittering eye" first mentioned in Part 1 has its 'otherwordly' roots confirmed. He mariner has seen more than any man should.
Alone, alone, all, all alone / Alone on a wide wide sea
Punishment through isolation; the isolation of the criminal from normal society; hermetically sealed setting for moral and spiritual reflection.
never a saint took pity on / My soul in agony
Like the other cardinal sins, murder here has seemingly excluded the Mariner from God's grace.
The many men, so beautiful! / And they all dead did lie [...] a thousand slimy things / Lived on; and so did I
The spiritually sullied and the spiritually pure are contrasted.
I looked to heaven and tried to pray
The mariner's guilt and inability to seek redemption created through the verb "tried"
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse / And yet I could not die
Like Cain in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the mariner is cursed to live and prolong his punishment.
A spring of love gushed from my heart / And I blessed them unaware
Like baptismal waters, the "spring of love" begins to figuratively wash away the mariner's transgression.
The Albatross fell off, and sank / Like lead into the sea.
The removal of the symbol of his guilt has Coleridge begin the Mariner's redemption.