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1. Kubla Khan building a house of pleasure

2. Ancestral voices

3. Garden in a valley

4. Damsels in Paradise

5. Hill of Amara

Samuel Purchas

3. Garden in a valley

This supposed parallel seems a stretch: we have a garden, and the garden has trees, and there are houses of pleasure, all in a valley.

Of course, Lowes is more enthusiastic, arguing:

That the sentence which Coleridge read in the Pilgrimage brought back this definitely linked passage in the Pilgrimes, and that the images which rose up from the two of them blended in the dream, it is difficult to doubt.

Text

Old Man of the Mountain: His name was Aloadine, and was a Mahumetan.

Hee had in a goodly Valley betwixt two Mountaynes very high, made a goodly Garden, furnished with the best trees and fruits he could find, adorned with divers Palaces and houses of pleasure, beautified with gold Workes, Pictures, and Furnitures of silke.
Purchas his Pilgrimes, Book XI, pp. 207-8.

 

Other sources

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

Mary Wollstonecraft

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Gardens

8

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills

 Bartram 2
 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Bernier 3
 Milton 4
 Milton 6
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4
 Rennell

Man

4

Through caverns measureless to man

 Bruce 9
 Milton 3
 Purchas 2
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 Seneca 2
  27 Then reached the caverns measureless to man  Bruce 9
 Milton 3
 Purchas 2
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 Seneca 2
Pleasure

2

A stately pleasure-dome decree

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 

31

The shadow of the dome of pleasure

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

 

36

A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

 Bernier 1
 Bernier 2
 Purchas 1
 Purchas 3
 Purchas 4

Tree

9

Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree

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

   

 

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