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Pandaemonium and Stroud Scarlet

Pandaemonium or Paradise Lost:

'There stood a Hill not far whose griesly top

Belch'd fire and rowling smoak; the rest entire

Shon with a glossie scurff, undoubted sign

That in his womb was hid metallic Ore,

The work of Sulphur. Thither wing'd with speed

A numerous Brigad hasten'd ...

Of Pioners with Spade and Pickaxe arm'd ...

Mammon led them on,

Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell

From heav'n, for even in heav'n his looks and thoughts

We're always downwards bent, admiring more

The riches of Heav'ns pavement, trod' Gold,

Than aught divine or holy ...

Men also, and by his suggestion taught,

Ransack' the Center, and with impious hands

Rifl'd the bowels of thir mother Earth

For Treasures better hid ...'

Or, more prosaically:

The Age of the Anthropocene:

The Age of the Capitalocene:

The Dawning of the Age of the Enlightenment:

An Age that worshipped the Mathematical,

The Observational, the Empirical, Theoretical,

Rational, Practical, Experimental,

Scientifical, Analytical,

Geological, Geographical,

Topographical, Toponymical,

Longitudinal, Latitudinal,

Geometrical, Trigonometrical,

Algebraical, Electrical,

Physical, Geophysical,

Political, Geopolitical,

Alchemical, Chemical, Philosophical,

Metaphysical, Epistemological,

Anthropological, Panopticonal,

Phenomenological, Cosmological,

Barometrical, Meteorological,

Mechanical, Metallurgical,

Agricultural, Horticultural,

Metrical, Lexical, Grammatical,

Syntactical, Ecclesiastical,

Hierarchical, Monarchical,

Cartographical and Capital…

Which meant at home:

Fulling mills, dye houses, tenterhooks,

Water wheels, canals and chimneys:

Stroud and the Five Valleys;

While returning to the global from the local:

Navigational, Colonial, Imperial, Martial:


The Atlantic slave trade:

The Black Atlantic Archipelago:

Stroud Scarlet.

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