The native heart may be read in man

— Collins, William (1721-1759)

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A. Millar, in the Strand
The native heart may be read in man
Metaphor in Context
Youth of the quick uncheated sight,
Thy walks, Observance, more invite!
O thou, who lov'st that ampler range,
Where life's wide prospects round thee change,
And with her mingling sons allied,
Throw'st the prattling page aside:
To me in converse sweet impart
To read in man the native heart,
To learn, where science sure is found,
From Nature as she lives around:
And gazing oft her mirror true,
By turns each shifting image view!
Till meddling Art's officious lore
Reverse the lessons taught before,
Alluring from a safer rule
To dream in her enchanted school;
Thou Heaven, whate'er of great we boast,
Hast blest this social science most.
(ll. 19-36, pp. 472-3)
Searching keywords in HDIS (Poetry)
Ed. Roger Lonsdale. 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.