"All my heart is open wide, / Every bar is thrown aside"

— Downman, Hugh (1740-1809)

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"All my heart is open wide, / Every bar is thrown aside"
Metaphor in Context

Wine, I feel thy rapt'ring power!
Thine is all the present hour.
Strong Delight tumultuous reigns,
And throbs throughout my bursting veins.
All my heart is open wide,
Every bar is thrown aside.

Prudence hence; it loaths to trace
The features of thy simpering face,
Thy sober-measur'd gait to spy,
And leaden joy-forbidding eye.
Prudence hence; thy laws I scorn,
Thou of mean Deceit art born,
By sly Hypocrisy begot;
Noble Frankness heeds thee not.
Yet though all my sallying soul
Expatiates wide, and hates controul;
Though my thoughts unbridled dare
Forward fly in wild career;
In their most impetuous course,
Let me, Reason, own thy force:
Though thou totter'st on thy throne,
Let me call thee still my own;
For so mad I would not be,
As quite to lose the sight of thee.
HDIS (Poetry)
Only 1 entry in ESTC (1768).

The Land of the Muses: a Poem, in the Manner of Spenser. With Poems on Several Occasions. By Hugh Downman (Edinburgh: Printed for the author. Sold by A. Kincaid & J. Bell, Edinburgh; and by R. Baldwin, and Richardson & Urquhart, London, 1768). <Link to ESTC><Link to ECCO-TCP><Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.