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1. River of Paradise

 2. Cedars on the plain of the Nile

3. Odoardus on the Nile

4. Peter Pais on meandering

5. Peter Pais on fountains that cannot be measured

Athanasius Kircher

4. Peter Pais on meandering

P. Peter Pais claimed he had discovered the source (fontium) of the Nile, and he made a map-"A true and genuine topography of the fountains of the Nile: made by P. Peter Pais on the 21st of April, in the year 1618 in the presence of the Emperor."

His map shows two fountains on a craggy hill, with a prim circle of incense bearing trees, perhaps, where the Nile, meandering with a conspicuously mazy motion, forms the boundary of the a kingdom called Amara. Amara (or Amhara in Latin) may have suggested Abora, and the map may well have echoed the other writers who described the meandering Nile, when Coleridge came to write Kubla Khan. --Kircher, I, 52-53.

Word Line # Line Sources for word
Abora

41

Singing of Mount Abora

 Bruce 6
 Bruce 7
 Kircher 4
 Milton 6

 Purchas 5

 

Mazy

25

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

 Bartram 8
 Kircher 4
 Milton 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

 

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