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1. Approaching the source of the Nile

2. Source of the Nile

3. Another discovery of the source of the Nile

4. Nile twisting and turning

5. Abyssinia

6. Abola

7. Astaboras River

8. Floating hair

9. Prophecies of war

 

James Bruce

4. Nile twisting and turning

After the Nile emerges, it evidently wiggles back and forth for half a dozen miles.

Careful explorer that he is, Bruce counts twenty turns in five miles.

On page 580 he says "In this plain, the Nile winds more in the space of four miles than, I believe, any river in the world."

And in the following short passage, he enumerates the twists and turns again. In the same way, Bartram's crystal fountain throws up a stream that "meanders six miles through green meadows."

In both authors, we certainly have a watercourse meandering for several miles.

So when Coleridge says that the sacred river goes "five miles meandering with a mazy motion," Lowes concludes "That is Bartram and Bruce in one." 372

Text

Makes so many sharp, unnatural windings, that it differs from any other river I ever saw, making about twenty sharp angular peninsulas in the course of five miles. Bruce, III p. 644.

Other sources

William Bartram
William Beckford
F. Bernier
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
Five 6 So twice five miles of fertile ground Bartram 5
Bruce 4
Purchas 4
 

25

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

 Bartram 5
 Bruce 4

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

Miles

6

So twice five miles of fertile ground

 Bartram 5
 Bartram 8
 Bruce 4
 Purchas 1

 

25

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

 Bartram 5
 Bartram 8
 Bruce 4
 Purchas 1

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

 

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