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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

4. Impetuous fountain

Here again we have a fountain that bubbles up, carrying sand with it, then becoming still, then starting up again, intermittently.

Lowes argues that the "picture of the floating image of the dome upon the wave" was brought to mind by the "darting play of associations." Why?

Because the scene "might have come straight out of Bartram," who also described a fountain like this.

Text

Thence I went to find out a fountain, which hath something that's rare enough in it; bubbling up gently, and rising with some little impetuousity, and making small bubbles of air, and carrying with it, to the top, some small sand that is very fine, which goeth away again as it came, the water becoming still, a moment after it, without ebullition, and, without bringing up sand; and soon after beginning afresh as before, and so continuing its motion by intervals, which are not regular. VIII, 234.

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
Air 46 I would build that dome in air  Bernier 4
 Milton 2
Ceaseless

17

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething

 Bartram 5
 Bartram 7

 Bernier 4

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

Half-intermitted

20

Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst

 Bartram 5
 Bartram 7
 Bernier 4

Momently

19

A mighty fountain momently was forced

 

Motion 25 Five miles meandering with a mazy motion Bernier 4
Rare 35 It was a miracle of rare device  Bernier 4

 

   

 

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