The mind may be diseased with a kind of ague fit

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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The mind may be diseased with a kind of ague fit
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While Innocence and chearful Hope, in spite of the Malice of Fortune, closed the Eyes of the gentle Amelia, on her homely Bed, and she enjoyed a sweet and profound Sleep; the Colonel lay restless all Night on his Down: His Mind was affected with a kind of Ague Fit; sometimes scorched up with flaming Desires, and again chilled with the coldest Despair.

There is a Time, I think, according to one of our Poets, When Lust and Envy sleep . This, I suppose, is when they are well gorged with the Food they most delight in; but while either of these are hungry,

Nor Poppy, nor Mandragora
Nor all the drousy Syrups of the East
Will ever medicine them to Slumber.

The Colonel was, at present, unhappily tormented by both these Fiends.
13 entries in ESTC (1752, 1762, 1771, 1775, 1777, 1780, 1790, 1793).

See Amelia. By Henry Fielding, 4 vols. (London: A. Millar, 1752). <Link to ECCO>

Reading Henry Fielding, Amelia, ed. David Blewett (London: Penguin Books, 1987).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.