30 April, 2012

my beloved cares for women

After decades of caring for women (as a Midwife).....my beloved has taken up caring for women.....(as an Intimo Consultant)....

27 April, 2012

Sustainable Business Weekly QLD Edition [Waste Wars]

Waste Bans, Priority Product Statements & Product Stewardship!

The current Government formally resolved to respond to repeal the waste levy, to take effect 1 July 2012.  On 10 April 2012 they made good on the election commitment to abolish the former Government’s waste levy.

ASBG wrote to the QLD Government to clarify their intentions with the changes to the waste legislation.  In response, Tony Roberts, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) provided ASBG with a letter stating:

This levy will not be replaced and programs that may have been funded by this levy have been suspended.

ASBG in its correspondence also warned that discontinuation of the levy will make it economically attractive to send wastes from Sydney and the Hunter regions to south east Queensland in a about year.

Mr Roberts responded:

Your concerns in relation to the interstate waste coming into Queensland are noted.  Although the levy will be repealed, provisions of the Act relating to waste disposal and recycling reporting at landfills will be retained.  Information that waste disposal sites will still be required to provide includes the amount and type of waste and where it came from.  This gives the department the ability to monitor interstate waste movements

It is clear levy will not be replaced and programs that may have been funded by the levy have been suspended. However, many aspects of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 have been adopted by the current Qld Government.  When the levy is repealed on the 1 July 2012, the provisions of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 relating to waste disposal & recycling data reporting at landfills will be retained. 
Under s152-153 reporting entities includes landfills and recycling activities as defined under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011.   Such entities must provide an annual report on among other things, waste types and amounts collected and as described under the regulations.  Failure to provide a report is $10,000 maximum fine.  There appears no penalty for false or misleading data or reporting.   ASBG has considerable issues with the ability of the DEHP to police and be able to demonstrate miss-representation of the origin of waste arriving at landfills.  Such monitoring appears to rely on the honesty of the waste deliverers.  If there is commercial interest the reliability of such information will be questionable.  

Minister Andrew Powell intends to explore these policy options more fully and develop suitable approaches in consultation with stakeholders.

Provisions of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 allow for the introduction of disposal bans, which is also referred to in Mr Roberts response. Under the existing legislation, the Minister may regulate waste for the purposes of a disposal ban, but only after considering all of the following:

·       Whether prohibition on the disposal of the waste is the most effective point of intervention in the life cycle of the waste;
·       Whether there are viable existing or potential collection systems & markets for  any benefit that may be obtained from not disposing of the waste;
·       Whether the costs of  monitoring, enforcement & market development are proportional to the benefits;
·       Whether voluntary or other measures for the avoidance of disposal have been shown not to be effective;
·       Whether a prohibition on disposal is required to support an accredited product stewardship scheme, a regulated product stewardship scheme or an approved program.

The Minister may also recommend regulation that identifies waste for the preparation of a priority product statement and the use of product stewardship arrangements, to shift the obligation onto waste generators to reduce waste. 

However, a ban will not stop wastes crossing the border.  Free trade between states and territories is a cornerstone of the Australia Constitution.  As such a ban must only cover a specific waste type, but cannot discriminate from where that waste came from within Australia, otherwise it would be unconstitutional.

By ASBG’s reckoning once an economic trigger has been reached transport of wastes from the high levy areas in NSW will head north.  As it seems from this letter the $35/t for non-municipal wastes will no longer apply, then control of the issue shifts to the NSW Government.  This may well end up capping the NSW levy, as NSW Treasury will lose revenue if they set the levy rate too high.  The NSW Government is currently reviewing the Waste and Environment Levy and it will be interesting if they find such an outcome and recommend a maximum cap on levy rates for various levied areas in NSW.

On the other hand the Queensland Government is cutting the cost of waste disposal by removing the levy.  This will not only affect standard commercial wastes, it will also reduce the costs for regulated high and regulated low “hazard” wastes.  ASBG has always had issues with the application of the $150/t and $50/t levy rates for these wastes.  In fact if they had stayed in place such wastes would have had considerable economic incentive to send such wastes across to NSW and pay the northern NSW levy rate.

The loser out of all this levy process will be the environment.  Transporting wastes long distances is a perverse outcome from waste levies purported to improve the environment, where in this case the reverse will occur.  That is unless either NSW or Queensland changes its waste levy position.

26 April, 2012

Toilet 2.0

Here is my interpretation of how the Toilet 2.0 might work in my community.

One would retain a grid connected potable water supply for drinking, washing, cooking.

One would keep a grid connected sewer, for grey water.

The Toilet 2.0 would be off line (from the grid). Wee & poo would be collected separately as concentrates (much in the same way as Municipal Solid wastes).

The wee could be reprocessed (if necessary) into struvite.

The Poo would be biodigested, composted or incinerated in an offsite facility (but perhaps at community cluster level, rather than a large, remote, centralised sewage treatment plant).


 Dear All

I find it interesting how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now into redefining the laws of physics, biology as well as ignoring the well documented connection between availability of water and public Health.

They envisage a toilet which takes input in the form of excreta and anal cleansing material (water, paper etc) but has no outputs.  As far as I know this is a pyhsical impossibility.  The output will be either a solid, liquid or gas.  If it is a solid or liquid it must be transported away (take your choice as a pipe or a vehicle) and if it is a gas then it will be into the atmosphere and I cannot see how excreta can produce the energy to convert itself into gas (further requirement, no utlities).

On biology and public health no water connection, or is this just to the toilet and we can still have the water piped in for all the other uses and pipe it away as well.  Humans need water to survive and the ability to keep the environment clean through adequate quantities of water as well as the safe removal and treatment is a major public health intervention.

Also the solutions sound mechanically and electrically complex. One of the beauties of waterborne sewage is the simplicity of operation at household level so that it gives the required level of reliability (ulike for example a computer, which crash and fall apart on a regular basis).

For urban areas where on site disposal of greywater and excreta is not possible I have not seen any viable transportation and treatment solution other than a pipe and centralised treatment works



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Sent: 23 April 2012 10:29 PM

 Letters of Inquiry for the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Round 2

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We are calling for a new set of innovative ideas to support our effort to reinvent the toilet. Grants will be awarded to exceptionally highly-qualified research groups interested in contributing to major advances in human sanitation in the developing world. These R&D efforts will comprise a new phase of the Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: fast-paced designing, prototyping and demonstrating-in-operation of entirely stand-alone, self-contained, eminently-practical sanitation modules which intake bodily wastes and swiftly dispose of them definitively – without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping or electric or gas utility services. These modules must intake all outputs of the serviced population – ultimately at single-residence scales – with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety. Thus, chemical and mechanical engineering approaches are preferred.
Letters of inquiry are being accepted online until Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. A full description of the topic and application instructions is available at http://www.gatesfoundation.org/reinvent-the-toilet-loi.
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25 April, 2012

the rime

A work in progress....

t is a recent Premier,
And he stoppeth one of three.
`By thy small bald head and squinting eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Parliament's doors are opened wide,
And I am constituent;
The members are met, the agenda’s set:
Mayst screw the environment.'

He holds him with a majority,
"There was a State," quoth he.
`Hold off! unhand me, bald-headed loon!'
Eftsoons his hand dropped he.

He holds him with his squinting eye - 
The Parliament stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Premier hath his will.

The boy sat on the burning deck:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that recent man,
The squint-eyed Premier.

"The trees were cleared, Gladstone Harbour dredged,
Merrily did they chop
Below the belt, below the hill,
Below the Bimblebox.

Coal seam gas came up from ground,
Out of artesian basin salty!
And lights burned bright, all day and night
While down went all the trees.

Higher and higher every day,
Till question time at noon -"
The Parliament here in its jest,
For he heard the Speaker croon.

Anastasia paced into the hall,
Red as a beetroot she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The shadow Ministry.

The Parliament here in its jest,
Yet he cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that recent man,
The squint-eyed Premier.

And now the climate changed, and he
Was tyrannous and wrong:
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us far right along.

With razor sharp and swinging ax,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe,
And foward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a dismal sheen:
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken - 
The ice was all between.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.

It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!

And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the Premier's hollo!

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white moonshine."

`God save thee, ancient Premier,
From Clive Palmer’s wane & wax! - 
Why look'st thou lost?' -"With living cost
I blamed the Carbon Tax."

Part II

"The sun now rose upon the right:
Out of the sea came he,
Still hid in mist and on the left
Went down into the sea.

And the right wing still grew extreme,
But no sweet bird did follow,
Nor any day for food or play
Came to the Premier's hollo!

And he had done a hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the turbines to go.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the turbines to go!

Nor dim nor red, like Joh's own head,
The glorious sun uprist:
Then all averred, I had killed the bird
That brought the fog and mist.
'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.

The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.

Down dropped the breeze, the turbines dropped down,
'Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Sewage, sewage, everywhere,
And all the grids did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Within the LNP.

About, about, in reel and rout
The sewage dumped to sea;
The ocean, like a chamber pot,
was filled with poo & wee.

And some in dreams assured were
Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.

Ah! well-a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung."

Part III

"There passed a weary time. Each throat
Was parched, and glazed each eye.
A weary time! a weary time!
How glazed each weary eye - 
When looking westward, I beheld
A something in the sky.

At first it seemed a little speck,
And then it seemed a mist;
It moved and moved, and took at last
A certain shape, I wist.

A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!
And still it neared and neared:
As if it dodged a water-sprite,
It plunged and tacked and veered.

With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
We could nor laugh nor wail;
Through utter drought all dumb we stood!
I bit my arm, I sucked the blood,
And cried, A sail! a sail!

With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
Agape they heard me call:
Gramercy! they for joy did grin,
And all at once their breath drew in,
As they were drinking all.

See! see! (I cried) she tacks no more!
Hither to work us weal;
Without a breeze, without a tide,
She steadies with upright keel!

The western wave was all a-flame,
The day was well nigh done!
Almost upon the western wave
Rested the broad bright sun;
When that strange shape drove suddenly
Betwixt us and the sun.

And straight the sun was flecked with bars,
(Heaven's Mother send us grace!)
As if through a dungeon-grate he peered
With broad and burning face.

Alas! (thought I, and my heart beat loud)
How fast she nears and nears!
Are those her turbines that glance in the sun,
Like restless gossameres?

Are those her ribs through which the sun
Did peer, as through a grate?
And is that Woman all her crew?
Is that a Death? and are there two?
Is Death that Woman's mate?

Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy,
The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.

The naked hulk alongside came,
And the twain were casting dice;
`The game is done! I've won! I've won!'
Quoth she, and whistles thrice.

The sun's rim dips; the stars rush out:
At one stride comes the dark;
With far-heard whisper o'er the sea,
Off shot the spectre-bark.

We listened and looked sideways up!
Fear at my heart, as at a cup,
My life-blood seemed to sip!
The stars were dim, and thick the night,
The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white;
From the sails the dew did drip - 
Till clomb above the eastern bar
The horned moon, with one bright star
Within the nether tip.

One after one, by the star-dogged moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh,
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his eye.

Four times fifty living men,
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one.

The souls did from their bodies fly, - 
They fled to bliss or woe!
And every soul it passed me by,
Like the whizz of my crossbow!"

Part IV

`I fear thee, ancient Premier!
I fear thy whinny tones!
And thou art short, and damp, and arrogant,
As the opposition moans.

I fear thee and thy squinting eye,
And thy skinny hand, so brown.' - 
"Fear not, fear not, thou Wedding-Guest!
This body dropped not down.

Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.

The many men, so beautiful!
And they all dead did lie;
And a thousand thousand slimy things
Lived on; and so did I.

I looked upon the rotting sea,
And drew my eyes away;
I looked upon the rotting deck,
And there the dead men lay.

I looked to heaven, and tried to pray;
But or ever a prayer had gusht,
A wicked whisper came and made
My heart as dry as dust.

I closed my lids, and kept them close,
And the balls like pulses beat;
Forthe sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky,
Lay like a load on my weary eye,
And the dead were at my feet.

The cold sweat melted from their limbs,
Nor rot nor reek did they:
The look with which they looked on me
Had never passed away.

An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! more horrible than that
Is the curse in a dead man's eye!
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse,
And yet I could not die.

The moving moon went up the sky,
And no where did abide:
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside - 

Her beams bemocked the sultry main,
Like April hoar-frost spread;
But where the ship's huge shadow lay,
The charmed water burnt alway
A still and awful red.

Beyond the shadow of the ship
I watched the water-snakes:
They moved in tracks of shining white,
And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.

Within the shadow of the ship
I watched their rich attire:
Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.

O happy living things! no tongue
Their beauty might declare:
A spring of love gushed from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware:
Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
And I blessed them unaware.

The selfsame moment I could pray;
And from my neck so free
The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea."

Part V

"Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole!
To Mary Queen the praise be given!
She sent the gentle sleep from heaven,
That slid into my soul.

The silly buckets on the deck,
That had so long remained,
I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
And when I awoke, it rained.

My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
My garments all were dank;
Sure I had drunken in my dreams,
And still my body drank.

I moved, and could not feel my limbs:
I was so light -almost
I thought that I had died in sleep,
And was a blessed ghost.

And soon I heard a roaring wind:
It did not come anear;
But with its sound it shook the sails,
That were so thin and sere.

The upper air burst into life!
And a hundred fire-flags sheen,
To and fro they were hurried about!
And to and fro, and in and out,
The wan stars danced between.

And the coming wind did roar more loud,
And the sails did sigh like sedge;
And the rain poured down from one black cloud;
The moon was at its edge.

The thick black cloud was cleft, and still
The moon was at its side:
Like waters shot from some high crag,
The lightning fell with never a jag,
A river steep and wide.

The loud wind never reached the ship,
Yet now the ship moved on!
Beneath the lightning and the moon
The dead men gave a groan.

They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
Nor spake, nor moved their eyes;
It had been strange, even in a dream,
To have seen those dead men rise.

The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
Yet never a breeze up blew;
The Premiers all 'gan work the ropes,
Where they were wont to do;
They raised their limbs like lifeless tools - 
We were a ghastly crew.

The body of my brother's son
Stood by me, knee to knee:
The body and I pulled at one rope,
But he said nought to me."

`I fear thee, ancient Premier!'
"Be calm, thou Wedding-Guest!
'Twas not those souls that fled in pain,
Which to their corses came again,
But a troop of spirits blest:

For when it dawned -they dropped their arms,
And clustered round the mast;
Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,
And from their bodies passed.

Around, around, flew each sweet sound,
Then darted to the sun;
Slowly the sounds came back again,
Now mixed, now one by one.

Sometimes a-dropping from the sky
I heard the skylark sing;
Sometimes all little birds that are,
How they seemed to fill the sea and air
With their sweet jargoning!

And now 'twas like all instruments,
Now like a lonely flute;
And now it is an angel's song,
That makes the heavens be mute.

It ceased; yet still the sails made on
A pleasant noise till noon,
A noise like of a hidden brook
In the leafy month of June,
That to the sleeping woods all night
Singeth a quiet tune.

Till noon we quietly sailed on,
Yet never a breeze did breathe;
Slowly and smoothly went the ship,
Moved onward from beneath.

Under the keel nine fathom deep,
From the land of mist and snow,
The spirit slid: and it was he
That made the ship to go.
The sails at noon left off their tune,
And the ship stood still also.

The sun, right up above the mast,
Had fixed her to the ocean:
But in a minute she 'gan stir,
With a short uneasy motion - 
Backwards and forwards half her length
With a short uneasy motion.

Then like a pawing horse let go,
She made a sudden bound:
It flung the blood into my head,
And I fell down in a swound.

How long in that same fit I lay,
I have not to declare;
But ere my living life returned,
I heard and in my soul discerned
Two voices in the air.

`Is it he?' quoth one, `Is this the man?
By him who died on cross,
With his cruel bow he laid full low
The harmless Albatross.

The spirit who bideth by himself
In the land of mist and snow,
He loved the bird that loved the man
Who shot him with his bow.'

The other was a softer voice,
As soft as honey-dew:
Quoth he, `The man hath penance done,
And penance more will do.'

Part VI

First Voice

But tell me, tell me! speak again,
Thy soft response renewing - 
What makes that ship drive on so fast?
What is the ocean doing?

Second Voice

Still as a slave before his lord,
The ocean hath no blast;
His great bright eye most silently
Up to the moon is cast - 

If he may know which way to go;
For she guides him smooth or grim.
See, brother, see! how graciously
She looketh down on him.

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 Premier's trance is abated.

"I woke, and we were sailing on
As in a gentle weather:
'Twas night, calm night, the moon was high;
The dead men stood together.

All stood together on the deck,
For a charnel-dungeon fitter:
All fixed on me their stony eyes,
That in the moon did glitter.

The pang, the curse, with which they died,
Had never passed away:
I could not draw my eyes from theirs,
Nor turn them up to pray.

And now this spell was snapped: once more
I viewed the ocean green,
And looked far forth, yet little saw
Of what had else been seen - 

Like one that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.

But soon there breathed a wind on me,
Nor sound nor motion made:
Its path was not upon the sea,
In ripple or in shade.

It raised my hair, it fanned my cheek
Like a meadow-gale of spring - 
It mingled strangely with my fears,
Yet it felt like a welcoming.

Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,
Yet she sailed softly too:
Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze - 
On me alone it blew.

Oh! dream of joy! is this indeed
The lighthouse top I see?
Is this the hill? is this the kirk?
Is this mine own country?

We drifted o'er the harbour-bar,
And I with sobs did pray - 
O let me be awake, my God!
Or let me sleep alway.

The harbour-bay was clear as glass,
So smoothly it was strewn!
And on the bay the moonlight lay,
And the shadow of the moon.

The rock shone bright, the kirk no less,
That stands above the rock:
The moonlight steeped in silentness
The steady weathercock.

And the bay was white with silent light,
Till rising from the same,
Full many shapes, that shadows were,
In crimson colours came.

A little distance from the prow
Those crimson shadows were:
I turned my eyes upon the deck - 
Oh, Christ! what saw I there!

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 oh! the silence sank
Like music on my heart.

But soon I heard the dash of oars,
I heard the Pilot's cheer;
My head was turned perforce away,
And I saw a boat appear.

The Pilot and the Pilot's boy,
I heard them coming fast:
Dear Lord in heaven! it was a joy
The dead men could not blast.

I saw a third -I heard his voice:
It is the Hermit good!
He singeth loud his godly hymns
That he makes in the wood.
He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away
The Albatross's blood."

Part VII

"This Hermit good lives in that wood
Which slopes down to the sea.
How loudly his sweet voice he rears!
He loves to talk with marineers
That come from a far country.

He kneels at morn, and noon, and eve - 
He hath a cushion plump:
It is the moss that wholly hides
The rotted old oak-stump.

The skiff-boat neared: I heard them talk,
`Why, this is strange, I trow!
Where are those lights so many and fair,
That signal made but now?'

`Strange, by my faith!' the Hermit said - 
`And they answered not our cheer!
The planks looked warped! and see those sails,
How thin they are and sere!
I never saw aught like to them,
Unless perchance it were

Brown skeletons of leaves that lag
My forest-brook along;
When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow,
And the owlet whoops to the wolf below,
That eats the she-wolf's young.'

`Dear Lord! it hath a fiendish look - 
(The Pilot made reply)
I am afeared' -`Push on, push on!'
Said the Hermit cheerily.

The boat came closer to the ship,
But I nor spake nor stirred;
The boat came close beneath the ship,
And straight a sound was heard.

Under the water it rumbled on,
Still louder and more dread:
It reached the ship, it split the bay;
The ship went down like lead.

Stunned by that loud and dreadful sound,
Which sky and ocean smote,
Like one that hath been seven days drowned
My body lay afloat;
But swift as dreams, myself I found
Within the Pilot's boat.

Upon the whirl where sank the ship
The boat spun round and round;
And all was still, save that the hill
Was telling of the sound.

I moved my lips -the Pilot shrieked
And fell down in a fit;
The holy Hermit raised his eyes,
And prayed where he did sit.

I took the oars: the Pilot's boy,
Who now doth crazy go,
Laughed loud and long, and all the while
His eyes went to and fro.
`Ha! ha!' quoth he, `full plain I see,
The Devil knows how to row.'

And now, all in my own country,
I stood on the firm land!
The Hermit stepped forth from the boat,
And scarcely he could stand.

O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man!
The Hermit crossed his brow.
`Say quick,' quoth he `I bid thee say - 
What manner of man art thou?'

Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
With a woeful agony,
Which forced me to begin my tale;
And then it left me free.

Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns;
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.

I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.

What loud uproar bursts from that door!
The wedding-guests are there:
But in the garden-bower the bride
And bride-maids singing are;
And hark the little vesper bell,
Which biddeth me to prayer!

O Wedding-Guest! this soul hath been
Alone on a wide wide sea:
So lonely 'twas, that God himself
Scarce seemed there to be.

O sweeter than the marriage-feast,
'Tis sweeter far to me,
To walk together to the kirk
With a goodly company! - 

To walk together to the kirk,
And all together pray,
While each to his great Father bends,
Old men, and babes, and loving friends,
And youths and maidens gay!

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."

The Premier, whose eye is bright,
Whose beard with age is hoar,
Is gone; and now the Wedding-Guest
Turned from the Parliament's door.

He went like one that hath been stunned,
And is of sense forlorn:
A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn.