"The nightmare life-in-death was she."

This is a quotation from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." It comes from Part III of the poem, and describes the appearance of a ghost-like ship.

Read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in full here.

Or hear it read aloud here (the section Rice quotes can be found at about 9.34).