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3. A Persian pavilion

Thomas Maurice

3. A Persian pavilion

Having just quoted Maurice on Hindustan, Coleridge makes another entry in the Notebook, probably based on a very similar footnote in Maurice (105):

See Quinti Curtii, lib. 3, cap. 3; Ibid. lib. 3. cap.4

So Maurice may have sent Coleridge to Quintus Curtius, who described a circle of crystal in front of a pavilion, diffusing splendor throughout the camp of the Persians, somewhat like the pleasure-dome that Coleridge imagined, in its own magic circle. 

Here is what Maurice said, paraphrasing Quintus Curtius.

Text

He declares it to have been an immemorial custom among the Persians, for the army never to march before the rising of the sun; that a trumpet, sounding from the king's pavilion, proclaimed the first appearance of its beam, and that a golden image of its orb, inclosed in a circle of crystal, was then displayed in the front of that pavilion, which diffused so wide a splendour that it was seen through the whole camp…

The grooms appointed to train and conduct these horses (one of which was called the HORSE OF THE SUN)…bore in their hands golden rods, or wands, pointed at the end in imitation of the solar ray. (Maurice's capitalization)

--Maurice, I, 105

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
Circle

51

Weave a circle round him thrice,

 Bartram 2
 Maurice 3
 Milton 2
 Rennell

Dome

2

A stately pleasure-dome decree:

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

31

The shadow of the dome of pleasure

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

36

A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

46

I would build that dome in air,

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

47

That sunny dome! Those caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Maurice 3
 Purchas 1
 Strabo 2

 

See 48 And all who heard should see them there  Bruce 9
 
Maurice 3
 Purchas 4
 Seneca 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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