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1. Shalimar in Kashmir

2. House of Pleasure of the Kings of Kashmir

3. Hermitage floating on the water

4. Impetuous fountain

5. Source of the Nile

F. Bernier

2. House of Pleasure of the Kings of Kashmir

Still in the Kashmir, Bernier takes a detour to Achiavel, a house of pleasure of the ancient kings.

There water breaks out of the earth, more like a river than a fountain, amid fruit-bearing trees, in a garden.

So the rush of upwelling water, amid the garden, is clearly associated with a house of pleasure, as in Coleridge's poem.

Text

Returning from Send-brary I turn'd a little aside from the road to go and lie at Achiavel, which is an house of pleasure of the ancient kings of Kachemire, and at present of the great Mogol.

That which most adorns it is a fountain.

It breaks out of the earth, as if by some violence it ascended up from the bottom of a well, and that with such an abundance as might make it to be called a river rather than a fountain

The garden itself is very fine, there being curious walks in it, and store of fruit-bearing trees.  VIII, p. 233.

Other sources

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

Mary Wollstonecraft

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Ancient 10 And here were forests ancient as the hills  Bernier 2
 Bruce 2
 Burnet 1
 
Pausanias
Dome

2

A stately pleasure-dome decree:

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

31

The shadow of the dome of pleasure

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

36

A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

46

I would build that dome in air,

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

47

That sunny dome! Those caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

Earth

18

As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing

 Bartram 2
 Bartram 6
 Bartram 8
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 5
 Bruce 1
 Burnet 2
 Kircher 1

 Kircher 3

 Maurice 1

 Milton 2

 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Seneca 1
 Seneca 2
 Wollstonecraft

Forced

19

A mighty fountain momently was forced

 Bartram 7
 Bernier 2
 Bruce 3
 Bruce 7
 Kircher 1
 Strabo 2

Fountain

19

A mighty fountain momently was forced

 Bartram 4
 Bartram 5
 Bartram 6

 Bartram 7

 Bartram 8
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 4
 Bruce 1
 Bruce 2

 Bruce 3

 Burnet 1
 Herodotus
 Maurice 2
 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Rennell
 Seneca 1
 Virgil
 Wollstonecraft

 

34

From the fountain and the caves

 Bartram 4
 Bartram 5
 Bartram 6

 Bartram 7

 Bartram 8
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 4
 Bruce 1
 Bruce 2

 Bruce 3

 Burnet 1
 Herodotus
 Maurice 2
 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Rennell
 Seneca 1
 Virgil
 Wollstonecraft

Gardens

8

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills

 Bartram 2
 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 3
 Milton 4
 Milton 6
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4
 Rennell

Incense-bearing

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

 Bartram 2
 Bartram 3
 Bartram 4
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Milton 2
 Milton 4

Pleasure

2

A stately pleasure-dome decree

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 

31

The shadow of the dome of pleasure

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 

36

A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

River

3

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

 Bartram 3
 Bartram 6
 Beckford
 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 3
 Bernier 5

 Bruce 2

 Bruce 4
 Bruce 6

 Burnet 1
 Kircher 1
 Kircher 3
 Maurice 1
 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Rennell
 Seneca 1
 Strabo 1
 Strabo 2

 Virgil

 

24

It flung up momently the sacred river

 Bartram 3
 Bartram 6
 Beckford
 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 3
 Bernier 5

 Bruce 2

 Bruce 4
 Bruce 6

 Burnet 1
 Kircher 1
 Kircher 3
 Maurice 1
 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Rennell
 Seneca 1
 Strabo 1
 Strabo 2

 Virgil

 

26

Through wood and dale the sacred river ran

 Bartram 3
 Bartram 6
 Beckford
 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 3
 Bernier 5

 Bruce 2

 Bruce 4
 Bruce 6

 Burnet 1
 Kircher 1
 Kircher 3
 Maurice 1
 Milton 4
 Pausanias
 Rennell
 Seneca 1
 Strabo 1
 Strabo 2

 Virgil

Tree

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

 Bartram 3
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Bruce 2
 Bruce 8
 Milton 2
 Milton 4
 Purchas 3

 

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