"This rising day / Saw Sophonisba, from the height of life, / Thrown to the very brink of slavery: / State, honours, armies vanquish'd; nothing left / But her own great unconquerable mind."

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)


Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Printed for A. Millar
Date
1730
Metaphor
"This rising day / Saw Sophonisba, from the height of life, / Thrown to the very brink of slavery: / State, honours, armies vanquish'd; nothing left / But her own great unconquerable mind."
Metaphor in Context
PHOENISSA.
Hail queen of Mas├Žsylia once again!
And fair Massylia join'd! This rising day
Saw Sophonisba, from the height of life,
Thrown to the very brink of slavery:
State, honours, armies vanquish'd; nothing left
But her own great unconquerable mind
.
And yet, ere evening comes, to larger power
Restor'd, I see my royal friend; and kneel
In grateful homage to the Gods, and her.
(IV.i)
Provenance
Searching at UVA Library
Citation
At least 22 entries in the ESTC (1730, 1735, 1736, 1738, 1744, ).

See James Thomas. The Tragedy of Sophonisba. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1730. <Link to UVA Library>
Date of Entry
06/16/2010

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