"But fancy'd Terrors haunt her boding Thought."

— Amhurst, Nicholas (1697-1742)

Place of Publication
Printed for E. Curll
"But fancy'd Terrors haunt her boding Thought."
Metaphor in Context
Here Superstition, deck'd with gaudy Pride,
Attends the Goddess, like an Eastern Bride.
Her Robes with gorgeous Pageantry are wrought;
But fancy'd Terrors haunt her boding Thought.
Sham Miracles beyond what Poets feign;
And legendary Fables crowd her Brain.
Fantastick Visions rise before her Sight,
And all the empty Phantoms of the Night.
On meritorious Baubles she depends,
Of Sainted Ruffians, and departed Friends.
To Idol-Saints she lifts her earnest Eyes,
And on Ten Thousand Advocates relies.
(p. 23)
Searching in HDIS (Poetry); confirmed in ECCO.
2 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1718, 1720).

Text from Protestant Popery: or, The Convocation. A Poem. In Five Cantos. Address’d to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Bangor. (London: Printed for E. Curll in Fleetstreet, 1718). <Link to ESTC>

See also Poems on Several Occasions. To Which Is Added, a Letter to Mr. Law. By a Student of Oxford. (London: Printed for E. Curll, in Fleet-Street, 1720). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.