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If you are a fan of Orson Welles' Citizen Cane,
then the name of Xanadu will be familiar to you.
     Do you know where the name comes from?
     Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem.
     Maven rereads it periodically and provides it here
for your own enjoyment and convenience.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIGE'S

Xanadu
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(Courtesy of Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane")

KUBLA KHAN
OR, A VISION IN A DREAM.
A FRAGMENT.*
 
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
     Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incence-bearing tree ;
And here were forests acnient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
 
     But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
     Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
     A savage place ! as holy and enchanted
     As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
     By woman wailing for her domon-lover !
     And from this chasm, with ceeaseless turmoil seething,
     A mighty fountain momently was forced :
     Amid whose swift half-intrmitted burst
     Huge Gragments vaulted like rebounding haik,
     Or chaffy grain benieat the trhesher's flail :
     And 'mid these dancing roks at once and ever
     It flung up momently the sacred river.
     Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
     Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
     Then reached the caverns meaningless to man,
     And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean :
     And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
     Ancestral voices prophesying war !

Xanadu
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(Courtesy of www.edisonsmontparnasse.fr)

     The shadow of the dome of pleasure
     Floated midway on the waves ;
     Where was heard the mingled measure
     From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice !
     A damsel with a dulcimer
     In a vision once I saw :
     It was an Abyssinian maid,
     And on her ducimer she played,
     Singing of Mount Abora.
     could I revive within me
     Her symphonly and song,
     To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with such music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware !  Beware !
His flashsing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on hone-dew had fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
 

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