Happiness may "Dart thro' my soul one chearful ray"

— Blacklock, Thomas (1721-1791)

1746, 1793
Happiness may "Dart thro' my soul one chearful ray"
Metaphor in Context
Ah! Goddess, scarce to mortals known,
  Who with thy shadow madly stray,
At length from heav'n, thy sacred throne,
  Dart thro' my soul one chearful ray:
Ah! with some sacred lenient art,
Allay the anguish of my heart;
Ah! teach me, patient to sustain
Life's various stores of grief and pain;
Or, if I thus prefer my pray'r in vain,
  Soon let me find thee in eternal day.
At least 6 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1746, 1754, 1756, 1793).

See Poems on Several Occasions. By Thomas Blacklock. (Glasgow: Printed for the author; and sold by the booksellers in town and country, 1746). <Link to ECCO>

Text from Poems by the Late Reverend Dr. Thomas Blacklock; Together With an Essay on the Education of the Blind. To Which Is Prefixed a New Account of the Life and Writings of the Author. (Edinburgh: Printed by Alexander Chapman and Company; sold by W. Creech, Edinburgh, and T. Cadell, London, 1793). <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.