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1. Sacred river

2. Cave of ice

3. A Persian pavilion

Thomas Maurice

In following one footnote after another, in his pursuit of imagery for his projected hymns to the sun and the moon, Coleridge evidently read Thomas Maurice's History of Hindostan.

Maurice talks of a sacred river, a cave of ice, and a pavilion somewhat like the pleasure dome in Kubla Khan.

Lowes believes that in doing research for his hymns, he collected "highly picturesque details." 

Lowes says,

Coleridge's mind, it is plain, was picking up like a magnet imagery associated with the sun and the moon. ...

And his eye--as quick to take notice as those of any five Chinese astronomers!--would assuredly catch this. (p. 381).

Putting aside Lowes' tendency to beg the question (claiming his hypothesis is, assuredly, plain), we can still see some possibility of influence.

Thomas Maurice. The History of Hindostan. By the author of Indian Antiquities. Vol 1, 1795. Vol II 1798 (799). London.

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William Bartram
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F. Bernier
James Bruce
Thomas Burnet
William Collins
Herodotus
Athanasius Kircher
Jerome Lobo
John Milton
Pausanias
Samuel Purchas
Major James Rennell
Seneca
Strabo
Virgil

Mary Wollstonecraft

 

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