"War smil'd, while triple Rage new steel'd his heart."

— Downman, Hugh (1740-1809)

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"War smil'd, while triple Rage new steel'd his heart."
Metaphor in Context
Though here almost eternal Winter reigns,
And piercing deep the womb of Nature chills;
Though born far off under a milder sky,
The northern blast e'en through my marrow thrills,
And freezes up the life-blood in my veins;
The hardy natives o'er the mountains high,
Trace out the step of Health amid the snow;
Or where o'er the gray moss her bare feet stray:
Hence active nerves, and scorn of danger flow;
Hence when of late, call'd forth to mortal fray,
At their approach, Revenge more furious grew,
War smil'd, while triple Rage new steel'd his heart,
Pale bloodless Fear turn'd to a ghastlier hue,
And Death more dreadful shook his pointed dart.
(cf. pp. 51-2 in 1768 ed.)
Searching "heart" and "steel" in HDIS (Poetry); found again in ECCO-TCP.
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>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.