"Does thy Soul sicken, while thy Body's sound?"

— Amhurst, Nicholas (1697-1742)

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Printed for R. Francklin
"Does thy Soul sicken, while thy Body's sound?"
Metaphor in Context
How does this Tyrant lord it in thy Mind?
What Symptoms of his Empire do'st thou find?
Do'st thou within perceive the growing Wound?
Does thy Soul sicken, while thy Body's sound?
Does in thy Thought some blooming Beauty reign,
Whose strong Idea mingles Joy with Pain?
When she appears before thee, does she spread
O'er thy pale, fading Cheeks a sudden Red?
Press her soft Lips, or touch her lillied Hand,
Does thy Heart flutter, does thy Breast expand?
If but her Name is mention'd, does it fire
Thy Pulses with a quick and fierce Desire?
Does every Glance, like Jove's vindictive Flame,
Shoot through thy Veins, and kindle all thy Frame?
  From hence a real Passion you may prove,
  For he, who wants these Symptoms, does not love.
HDIS (Poetry)
At least 5 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1723, 1724, 1737, 1742).

Found searching in Poems on Several Occasions. Dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Delaune, President of St. John's College in Oxford. by N. Amhurst, Sometime of the Same College. (London: Printed for R. Francklin, at the Sun Fleetstreet, 1723). Text drawn from this edition.

See also The Test of Love. A Poem. (London: Printed for T. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1737). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.