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1. The green border of Paradise

2. The fragrance of Paradise

3. A steep, savage hill

4. A Heaven on earth

5. Imitations of Paradise

6. Mount Amara in Abyssinia

 

John Milton

2. The fragrance of paradise

Milton continues describing Paradise, stressing the blossoms on the fruit trees, and the fragrance of Paradise.

We have a lovely landscape, inhaled by the fiend. Lowes does not see any particular connection with Kubla Khan, but I do.

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Yet higher then thir tops
The verdurous wall of Paradise up sprung:
Which to our general Sire gave prospect large
Into his neather Empire neighbouring round.
And higher then that Wall a circling row
Of goodliest Trees loaden with fairest Fruit,
Blossoms and Fruits at once of golden hue
Appeerd, with gay enameld colours mixt
On which the Sun more glad impress'd his beams
Then in fair Evening Cloud, or humid Bow,
When God hath showrd the earth; so lovely seemd
That Lantskip: And of pure now purer aire
Meets his approach, and to the heart inspires
Vernal delight and joy, able to drive
All sadness but despair: now gentle gales
Fanning thir odoriferous wings dispense
Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole
Those balmie spoiles. As when to them who saile
Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past
Mozambic, off at Sea North-East windes blow
Sabean Odours from the spicie shoare
Of Arabie the blest, with such delay
Well pleas'd they slack thir course, and many a League
Cheard with the grateful smell old Ocean smiles.
So entertaind those odorous sweets the Fiend

--Paradise Lost, Book IV, lines 143-167.

Other sources

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

Mary Wollstonecraft

 

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Air 46 I would build that dome in air  Bernier 4
 Milton 2
Blossomed

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

 Bartram 2
 Bartram 3
 Milton 2

Circle

51

Weave a circle round him thrice,

 Bartram 2
 Maurice 3
 Milton 2
 Rennell

Delight 44 To such deep delight 'twould win me  Bartram 2
 Milton 2
 Milton 6
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 4
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

Incense-bearing

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

 Bartram 2
 Bartram 3
 Bartram 4
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Milton 2
 Milton 4

Ocean

28

And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean

 Kircher 1
 Maurice 1

 Milton 2
 Seneca 2

Paradise

54

And drunk the milk of Paradise.

 Beckford
 Bruce 1
 Burnet 1
 Kircher 1
 Milton 1
 Milton 2
 Milton 4
 Milton 5
 Milton 6

 Purchas 4

Round 7 With walls and towers were girdled round  Bartram 4
 Collins

 Milton 2
  51 Weave a circle round him thrice  Bartram 4
 Collins

 Milton 2
Sea

5

Down to a sunless sea

 Burnet 1
 Kircher 1
 Kircher 3
 Milton 2
 Pausanias
 Seneca 1
 Seneca 2
 Strabo 1
 Virgil

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

Tree

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

 Bartram 3
 Beckford
 Bernier 2
 Bruce 2
 Bruce 8
 Milton 2
 Milton 4
 Purchas 3

Walls

7

With walls and towers were girdled round

 Purchas 1
 Milton 2

 

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