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1. The Serpentine Rivulet

2. Isle of Palms

3. Gordonia Lasianthus

4. Swelling Green Knoll

5. Crystal Fountain

6. Subterranean River

7. Manatee Springs

8. Alligator Hole

William Bartram:

1. The Serpentine Rivulet

 

Here we see a little creek wandering through a meadow, curving like a snake.

Much has been omitted, replaced with Lowes' ellipses.

What is left is a little like a banana leaf cut down by a machete, and left in the trail--a hint of the living text, but not enough to let us envision the whole.

Text

The dew-drops twinkle and play…on the tips of the lucid, green savanna, sparkling…(beside)…a serpentine rivulet, meandering over the meadows.
--Travels, p. 155.

 

 

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Green

13

Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover

 Bartram 1
 Bartram 3
 Bartram 4
 Bernier 1
 Bruce 2
 Milton 1

Greenery

11

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery

 Bartram 1
 Bartram 3
 Bartram 4
 Bernier 1
 Bruce 2
 Milton 1

Meandering

25

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

 Bartram 1
 Bartram 5
 Bartram 8
 Bernier 5
 Bruce 4
 Kircher 3
 Kircher 4
 Milton 4

   

 

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