"Still can my Soul in Fancy's Mirrour view / Deeds glorious once."

— Somervile, William (1675-1742)

Work Title
"Still can my Soul in Fancy's Mirrour view / Deeds glorious once."
Metaphor in Context
Ye vig'rous Youths, by smiling Fortune blest
With large Demesnes, hereditary Wealth,
Heap'd copious by your wise Fore-Fathers Care,
Hear and attend! while I the Means reveal
T' enjoy those Pleasures, for the Weak too strong,
Too costly for the Poor: To rein the Steed
Swift-stretching o'er the Plain, to chear the Pack
Op'ning in Consorts of harmonious Joy,
But breathing Death. What tho' the Gripe severe
Of brazen-fisted Time, and slow Disease
Creeping thro' ev'ry Vein, and Nerve unstrung,
Afflict my shatter'd Frame, undaunted still,
Fix'd as a Mountain Ash, that braves the Bolts
Of angry Jove; tho' blasted, yet unfall'n;
Still can my Soul in Fancy's Mirrour view
Deeds glorious once
, recal the joyous Scene
In all its Splendors deck'd, o'er the full Bowl
Recount my Triumphs past, urge others on
With Hand and Voice, and point the winding Way:
Pleas'd with that social sweet Garrulity,
The poor disbanded Vet'ran's sole Delight.
(pp. 6-7)
Searching "soul" and "mirrour" ("mirror") in HDIS (Poetry); found again "fancy"; confirmed in 1735 edition in ECCO.
22 entries in ESTC (1735, 1743, 1749, 1755, 1757, 1758, 1766, 1767, 1768, 1773, 1786, 1796, 1799, 1800).

Text from The Chace. A Poem. To Which Is Added, Hobbinol, or the Rural Games: a Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse. By William Somervile, Esq. 4th ed. (London: Printed for G. Hawkins, and sold by M. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row, 1749). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO>

See also The Chace. A Poem. By William Somervile, Esq. (London: Printed for G. Hawkins, and sold by T. Cooper, 1735). <Link to 3rd ed. of 1735 in ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.