"Gold hath steeled your hearts"

— Wesley, John (1703-1791)

"Gold hath steeled your hearts"
Metaphor in Context
In time past how mindful were you of that word, "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise reprove thy brother, and not suffer sin upon him!" You did reprove, directly or indirectly, all those that sinned in your sight. And happy consequences quickly followed. How good was a word spoken in season! It was often as an arrow from the hand of a giant. Many a heart was pierced. Many of the stout hearted, who scorned to heat a sermon,

"Fell down before his cross subdued,
And felt his arrows sipt in blood.

[Page 91] But which of you now has that compassion for the ignorant, and for them that are out of the way? They may wander on for you, and plunge into the lake of fire, without let or hinderance. Gold hath steeled your hearts. You have something else to do. "Unhelped, unpitied let the wretches fall."
(pp. 90-1)
Wesley, John. Selections from the Writings of Rev. John Wesley, M. A. Ed. Herbert Welch. New York and Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1918
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.