"My Body swoln, and bloated as thy Mind."

— Anonymous

Place of Publication
1704, 1716
"My Body swoln, and bloated as thy Mind."
Metaphor in Context
Revenge! Revenge! my injur'd Shade begins
To haunt thy guilty Soul, and scourge thy sins:
For since to me thou ow'st the heaviest score,
Whose Living words tormented thee before,
When Dead, I'm come to plague thee yet once more.
Don't start away, nor think thy Brass to hide,
But see the dismal shape in which I dy'd!
My Body all deform'd with putrid Gore,
Bleeding my Soul away at every Pore;
Pusht faster on by Francis, less unkind;
My Body swoln, and bloated as thy Mind.
This dangling Eye-Ball rolls about in vain,
Never to find its proper seat again,
The hollow Cell usurpt by Blood and Brain :
The trembling Jury 's Verdict ought to be
Murder'd at once, by Francis, and by Thee.
(p. 166, ll. 1-16; cf. p. 312 in 1704 ed.)
Text from C-H Lion; confirmed in ECCO.
2 entries in ESTC (1704, 1716).

See Poems on Affairs of State, from 1640. To This Present Year 1704. Written by the Greatest Wits of the Age, Viz. The late Duke of Buckingham, Duke of D-re, Late E. of Rochester, Earl of D-t, Lord J-Rys, Ld Hal-x, Andrew Marvel, Esq; Col. M-d-t, Mr. St. J-ns, Mr. Hambden, Sir Fleet Shepherd, Mr. Dryden, Mr. St-y, Mr. Pr-r, Dr. G-th, &c. Most of Which Were Never Before Publish'd. Vol. III. ([London?] : [s.n.], Printed in the Year 1704). <Link to ESTC>

Text from Poems on Affairs of State, from the Year 1640. to the Year 1704. 2nd ed. (London: Printed for Thomas Tebb and Theoph. Sanders, Edw. Symon, and Francis Clay, 1716). <Link to ECCO>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.