Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung."

from Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime Of The Ancient Mariner on Rap Genius

Meaning

Suggests the divine nature of the Albatross, and how it functions as a sort of cross in its own right. Yet hung around his neck, it is a symbol of his sins.

This is also where the phrase “an albatross around my neck” comes from.

Illustration by Gustave Dore

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