"But alas! when Love commands, Reason must obey."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

Place of Publication
Printed for J. Peele
1692, 1724
"But alas! when Love commands, Reason must obey."
Metaphor in Context
The Court being return'd from the Forest, Celima, (whose Thoughts were entirely imploy'd on her Rendezvous with the Prince of Carency) retir'd to her Palace, and Felicia went to her Chamber, where she found Inea, whom she embrac'd tenderly, and said, How shall I express to you, my Dear, the Agitation of my Mind? The Count of La Vagne is here; I have just seen him in the Palace of Alhambro; it is no Imagination; for he saluted me so respectfully, that I cou'd not help returning the Civility, and I am even asham'd of having discover'd my Weakness to a Man, who has deserv'd my Aversion: But alas! when Love commands, Reason must obey. I have something yet more surprizing to tell you, continu'd she; I am inform'd, he has been some Months in Andalusia, and by the Relation I have heard, I find he was taken Prisoner, about the time that I had a Dream at Sallee, which represented him to me engag'd with the Moors, and vanquish'd. Osmin told me, the Count had been ever since in the Castle of Salobrena, or at Granada; but I fancy he desired him to speak to me in that manner, with a Design to screen his Offence; for who knows whether he does not repent his unworthy Behaviour towards me; moreover, I am surpriz'd not to see Olympia here, which makes me believe, the Moors took the Count at Sea, and that he has not been long in these Dominions. It is very probable, interrupted Inea; for what pass'd at Sallee, is not to be contradicted, and perhaps he is now sorry for having disobliged you; therefore you must resolve to pardon him. No, my dear Inea, reply'd Felicia; I shall never forget his Ingratitude; he is still dear to me, I confess; yet I hope in time to banish him from my Heart. Oh Heavens! added she weeping, what a Series of Misfortunes attend me? I must tell you something more; young Osmin has declar'd himself my Votary, and you may judge how favourably I receiv'd his Addresses.
(pp. 345-6)
3 entries in ESTC (1723, 1724, 1739).

The History of John of Bourbon, Prince of Carency. Containing a Variety of Entertaining Novels, Viz. 1. The Surprize, or the Generous Unknown. 2. The Mutual Mistake, or the Unhappy Discovery. 3. The Secret Rival, or the Deceitful Friend. 4. The Perfidious Lady DisAppointed, or the Happy Reconciliation. 5. The Slighted Passion, or the Fatal Resentment. 6. The Unfortunate Lover. 7. The Female Captives. 8. The Distressed Lovers. 9. The Revengeful Rival. 10. The Happy Meeting, or Constant Love Reward. (London: Printed for J. Peele, 1724). <Link to ECCO-TCP>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.