"Reason, like Virtue, comes but with her Shade."

— Bancks, John (1709-1751)

Place of Publication
James Hodges
1738, 1739
"Reason, like Virtue, comes but with her Shade."
Metaphor in Context
Then 'tis not all--with Notions to be fraught,
By Fancy coin'd, or by the Senses caught.
Reason, like Virtue, comes but with her Shade;
So like in Form, that Thousands are betray'd:
Yet such their Paths,--the Shade if we pursue,
We lose the Substance daily from our View:
For once astray, our Journey to prolong,
Is but to wander farther in the Wrong!
(ll. 31-8, p. 307)
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At least 2 entries in ECCO and ESTC (1738, 1739, 1748, 1752).

See Miscellaneous Works, in Verse and Prose, of John Bancks. Adorned With Sculptures and Illustrated With Notes. (London: printed by T. Aris, in Red-Lyon-Court, Fleet-Street, for the author; and sold by C. Corbett, at Addison’s-Head, over-against St. Dunstan’s Church, in Fleet-Street; J. Brindley, in New-Bond-Street; Mess. Gilliver and Clarke, in Westminster-Hall; J. James, under the Royal Exchange; Mess. Ward and Chandler, without Temple-Bar; and at their Shops in Coney-Street, York, and at Scarborough Spaw, 1738). <Link to ESTC>

See also Miscellaneous Works in Verse and Prose of Mr. John Bancks, 2nd ed., vol. I (London: James Hodges, 1739). <Link to Google Books>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.