Light may fly back to Heaven and leave one's breast bereft of its "Celestial Guest"

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

Place of Publication
Printed for Jacob Tonson
1703, 1718
Light may fly back to Heaven and leave one's breast bereft of its "Celestial Guest"
Metaphor in Context
    But when the great Apostate's Art
    Seduc'd the wav'ring Creature's Heart,
    Man from his happy Region fell
  To the destructive Gulph of Death and Hell;
  Now Guilt's infernal Gloom, and horrid Night,
    O'erwhelm his Intellectual Sight,
And Clouds, with Vengeance stor'd, his trembling Soul affright.
  Darkness, like that in Central Caves beneath,
  Like that, which spreads the lonesome Walks of Death,
    Where never Ray one Inroad made,
    The Rebels Mind did swift invade.
  The Light, which he enjoy'd, abus'd withdrew,
    And back to Heav'n, its Parent, flew.
His Breast of this Celestial Guest bereft
Became a Den of salvage Passions, left
Without a Keeper, loose and unconfin'd,
Which now no Guide directs, nor Precepts bind.
Searching in HDIS (Poetry); found again "passion" and "guest"; found again "breast"
2 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1703, 1718).

See A Hymn to the Light of the World. With a Short Description of the Cartons of Raphael Urbin, in the Gallery at Hampton-Court. (London: Printed for Jacob Tonson within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane, 1703). <Link to ECCO>

Text from Richard Blackmore, A Collection of Poems on Various Subjects. By Sir Richard Blackmore. (Printed by W. Wilkins for Jonas Browne and J. Walthoe, 1718). <Link to ECCO>
Date of Entry

The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.