"Grant but as many sorts of mind, as Moss."

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)

"Grant but as many sorts of mind, as Moss."
Metaphor in Context
There's some Peculiar in each Leaf and Grain;
Some unmark'd fibre, or some varying vein:
Shall only Man be taken in the gross?
Grant but as many sorts of mind, as Moss.
(ll. 15-18)
At least 40 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737, 1739, 1744, 1747, 1750, 1751, 1752, 1753, 1754, 1757, 1758, 1760, 1762, 1764, 1769, 1770, 1776, 1777, 1780, 1785, 1789, 1790, 1793, 1797, 1800).

See An Epistle to the Right Honourable Richard Lord Visct. Cobham. By Mr. Pope. (London: Printed for Lawton Gilliver, at Homer’s Head against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleetstreet, 1733 [1734]). <Link to ESTC>

Text from The Works of Alexander Pope (London: Printed for B. Lintot, Lawton Gilliver, H. Lintot, L. Gilliver, and J. Clarke, 1736). <Link to LION> [Epistle I. To Sir Richard Temple, Lord Viscount Cobham.]

Reading The Poems of Alexander Pope. A One-Volume Edition of the Twickenham Text with Selected Annotations. Ed. John Butt (New Haven: Yale UP, 1963).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.