"Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind."

— Collins, William (1721-1759)

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Printed for J. Roberts
w. 1739, 1742
"Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind."
Metaphor in Context
'At that dead hour the silent asp shall creep,
If aught of rest I find, upon my sleep;
Or some swoll'n serpent twist his scales around,
And wake to anguish with a burning wound.
Thrice happy they, the wise contented poor,
From lust of wealth and dread of death secure.
They tempt no deserts and no griefs they find;
Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind.
  Sad was the hour and luckless was the day,
  When first from Schiraz' walls I bent my way.
(ll. 61-70, p. 379)
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Over 30 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1742, 1757, 1760, 1763, 1765, 1767, 1768, 1770, 1771, 1772, 1773, 1775, 1776, 1777, 1781, 1783, 1784, 1785, 1790, 1794. 1796, 1798, 1799, 1800). [Also titled Oriental Eclogues. Frequently anthologized. Published in The Works of the English Poets.]

See Persian Eclogues. Written Originally for the Entertainment of the Ladies of Tauris. And Now First Translated, &c. (London: Printed for J. Roberts, in Warwick-Lane, 1742). <Link to ESTC>

Reading Roger Lonsdale's The Poems of Thomas Gray, William Collins, and Oliver Goldsmith (London and New York: Longman and Norton, 1972).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.