The inexpressible feeling may be engraved on a tear or on the heart

— Geisweiler, Maria (fl. 1799); Kotezebue (1761-1819)

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Printed for C. Geisweiler ... G. G. and J. Robinson ... J. Richardson [etc.]
The inexpressible feeling may be engraved on a tear or on the heart
Metaphor in Context
Yes, Horst, I tremble now at death! it is just eight months since I had a violent fever, the consequence of a violent cold, caught in hunting. I was sensible I was very ill.--Two years before, death to me would have proved a welcome friend, and then--O, Brother! all I have yet related to you, are trifles, when I describe Eulalia to you as a nurse. Let a man in his happy, healthy days deny the virtues of a wife ever so muc. --let his heart be ever so hardened and morose--in illness the softness and mildness of a wife will wring from him the confession, that it is not good for man to be alone! When Eulalia sat by my bedside --when she never left me; but gave me my medicines, warmed my napkins, or smoothed my pillows; when she watched anxiously in my pale emaciated looks, either for death or recovery-- when a concealed tear betrayed her fears, and a forced smile her hopes--when she, with my children, put up a fervent prayer to the Almighty for my recovery--O Brother! thank her then, I could not: for even a slight pressure of the hand was almost too much for my weak state, but I was inwardly relieved by it. How it strengthened my mind, and through that, how healingly it worked on my frame! No, I have not words to express it:

(as he wipes off a tear from his eye with his hand, and looks on it)

here it is engraven,

(then points to his heart)

and here!
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.