A king may seek "no Empire but in English hearts"

— Welsted, Leonard (1688-1747)

Place of Publication
Printed by and for the Editor
1714, 1787
A king may seek "no Empire but in English hearts"
Metaphor in Context
Let wanton tyrants sport in power's abuse,
And barbarous nations to their yoke reduce;
Let them their conquer'd vassals proudly tame:
Our Hero cherishes a nobler flame;
O'er freeborn subjects he aspires to reign,
To govern Citizens, not Slaves to chain;
With scorn he looks on mean despotic arts,
And seeks no Empire but in English hearts,
Accepts a Kingdom with a Patriot's sense,
And in the People's Father hides the Prince.
Searching "heart" and "empire" in HDIS (Poetry)
2 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1714, 1787).

See An Epistle to Mr. Steele, on the King's Accession to the Crown. By Mr. Welsted. (London: Printed for Tim. Childe, 1714). <Link to ESTC>

Text from The Works, in Verse and Prose, of Leonard Welsted, Esq; Some Time Clerk in Ordinary at the Office of Ordnance in the Tower of London. Now First Collected. With Historical Notes, and Biographical Memoirs of the Author, by John Nichols. (London: Printed by and for the Editor, in Red-Lion-Passage, Fleet-Street, 1787).<Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.