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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

5. Hill of Amara

Listing false paradises, Milton mentions Mount Amara in Paradise Lost.  Lowes argues that Amara is pretty close to Abora, the mountain in Coleridge's poem.

 Figuring that Coleridge read that passage in Milton, Lowes postulates that Milton's Mount Amara, described as the "supposed" true Paradise, must have reinforced Coleridge's memory of Purchas (which Lowes argues Milton also read with care).

Purchas describes "the Hill of Amara":

There are two Temples, built before the Raigne of the Queene of Saba, one in honour of the Sunne, the other of the Moone, the most magnificent in all Ethiopia. --Purchas VII 844.

 
Word Line # Line Sources for word
Abora

41

Singing of Mount Abora

 Bruce 6
 Bruce 7
 Kircher 4
 Milton 6

 Purchas 5

Hill

13

Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover

 Beckford
 Bernier 1
 Bruce 1
 Bruce 2
 Bruce 7
 Bruce 9
 Milton 3
 Milton 4

 Purchas 5

 

10

And here were forests ancient as the hills

 Bernier 1
 Bruce 1
 Bruce 2
 Bruce 7
 Bruce 9
 Milton 3
 Milton 4

 Purchas 5

Moon

15

As eer beneath a waning moon was haunted

Bruce 6
Maurice 1
Maurice 2

Purchas 5

Wollstonecraft

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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