Affections may seem benumbed or may take take fire

— Hooker [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Printed by W. Strahan
Affections may seem benumbed or may take take fire
Metaphor in Context
If he take not their causes to heart, how should there be but in them frozen coldness, when his affections seem benumbed, from whom theirs should take fire?
Reading Johnson's and Bailey's dictionaries
At least 17 entries in ESTC (1755, 1765, 1773, 1775, 1784, 1785).

A Dictionary of the English Language; in Which the Words Are Deduced from Their Originals and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. to Which Are Prefixed, a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson, A. M. In Two Volumes. (London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knaptor; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755). <Link to ESTC>

Reading A Dictionary of the English Language. Facsimile reprint (New York, AMS Press, 1967).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.