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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

5. Abyssinia

Bruce's narrative takes place almost entirely in Abyssinia, and Abyssinia is the source of the sacred river, the Nile.

So perhaps Bruce is also the source of the idea of the Abyssinian maid playing her dulcimer later in the Coleridge's poem. Abyssinia is roughly the Ethiopia of today.

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Abyssinian

39

It was an Abyssinian maid,

 Bruce 5
 Bruce 8
 Bruce 9
 Milton 6

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

 

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