The Glorious Sun

The Rime Of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Lines 97-8

Nor dim nor red, like God’s own head,
The glorious Sun uprist

The sun has been associated symbolically with God throughout the history of literature and Coleridge utilized the analogy frequently.  The poem describes it as projecting both favor and disfavor on the ship and crew in accordance with the conduct of their lives. Importantly, the lines of human accountability go beyond action to the motives of the heart.

As Malcolm Guite writes in Mariner, Chapter Seven:

Coleridge, like his mariner, would lose this sacramental vision and then, like his mariner, eventually recover it. Many years later, when he had recovered from the agonies of his middle years, Coleridge met William Blake and they recognized one another’s visions, for Blake had written:

“What it will be Question’d, ‘when the Sun rises, do you not see a round disk of fire somewhat like a Guinea?’ O no, no, I see an Innumerable company of the Heavenly host crying, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.”

How can the motives behind our actions affect the physical circumstances of our lives?





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Rick is voraciously interested in the holistic transformation of people individually and in an organizational context - enabled by technology, educated continuously through multi-channel systems and informed by the wisdom of history's greatest thinkers. He is a Ph.D. student at Faulkner University, focusing on the appearance of the Logos in English Literature. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Management from Sam Houston State University. His undergraduate studies earned a BA with double majors in Sociology and Theology from Houston Baptist University. Rick is an ordained minister who leads the Parenting Teens Adult Community at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands Texas.