"Then hear my words, and grave them in thy mind!"

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744), Broome, W. and Fenton, E.

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"Then hear my words, and grave them in thy mind!"
Metaphor in Context
To whom with thought mature the King replies:
The tongue speaks wisely, when the soul is wise;
Such was thy father! in imperial state,
Great without vice, that oft attends the great:
Nor from the sire art thou the son declin'd;
Then hear my words, and grave them in thy mind!
Of all that breathes or groveling creeps on earth,
Most vain is Man! calamitous by birth.
To-day with pow'r elate, in strength he blooms;
The haughty creature on that pow'r presumes:
Anon from heav'n a sad reverse he feels;
Untaught to bear, 'gainst heav'n the wretch rebels.
For man is changeful as his bliss or woe,
Too high when prosp'rous, when distrest too low.
There was a day, when with the scornful Great
I swell'd in pomp, and arrogance of state;
Proud of the pow'r that to high birth belongs;
And us'd that pow'r to justify my wrongs.
Then let not man be proud: but firm of mind ,
Bear the best humbly, and the worst resign'd;
Be dumb when heav'n afflicts! unlike yon train
Of haughty spoilers, insolently vain;
Who make their Queen and all her wealth a prey:
But Vengeance and Ulysses wing their way.
O may'st thou, favour'd by some guardian pow'r,
Far, far be distant in that deathful hour?
For sure I am, if stern Ulysses breathe,
These lawless riots end in blood and death.
(Bk. 18)
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The Odyssey of Homer. Translated from the Greek, 5 vols. (London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1725-26).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.