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1. Sacred river

2. Cave of ice

3. A Persian pavilion

Thomas Maurice

1. Sacred river

Coleridge made notes on a passage from Maurice a few pages after the following paragraph. 

He may have read this text, which describes the festival of Osiris and Isis, the Egyptian divinities presiding over the Nile, the sacred river.

Did this passage serve to re-enforce the holiness of the river?

Text

The whole of the annual magnificent festival of Osiris and Isis was in the most pointed manner allusive to the influence of the SUN and MOON upon the earth….

To the MOON, or Isis, they were by no means ungrateful for affording, by night, her kindly ray to conduct the mariner…

over the boundless ocean, and the benighted traveler over deserts of sands…

as well as her immediate utility in swelling the waters of that sacred river, whose annual inundations were the perpetual and abundant source of plenty.

(Maurice's capitalization, Maurice, p. 102).

Other sources

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

Mary Wollstonecraft

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
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

Moon

15

As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted

Bruce 6
Maurice 1
Maurice 2

Purchas 5

Wollstonecraft

Ocean

28

And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean

 Kircher 1
 Maurice 1
 Milton 2
 Seneca 2

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

Sacred

3

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

 Beckford
 
Burnet 1
 Maurice 1
 Maurice 2

 

24

It flung up momently the sacred river

 Beckford
 
Burnet 1
 Maurice 1
 Maurice 2

 

26

Through wood and dale the sacred river ran

 Beckford
 
Burnet 1
 Maurice 1
 Maurice 2

Sunny

36

A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

 Maurice 1
 Maurice 3
 
Milton 2

 Milton 4
 Purchas 5

 

47

That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

 Maurice 1
 Maurice 3
 
Milton 2

 Milton 4
 Purchas 5

 

11

Enfolding sunny spots of greenery

 Maurice 1
 Maurice 3
 
Milton 2

 Milton 4
 Purchas 5

 

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