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Date: 1814

A "ripening mind" may be "fitted for a throne"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

Shakespeare, "born for British minds alone, / To them has Fancy's boundless empire shewn"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

Byron's "powerful voice, with varying tone, / Makes all the empire of the mind thine own"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

The Muse may "wave the gloomy Sceptic's ebon wand" and bound "our cloudy view with endless night; / Like Polyphemus with destructive might, / Revenging thus thy loss of mental sight"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

"Not all the woes of guilty souls combined, / Exceed thy 'leafless desart of the mind'"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

Scott may "Usurp the empire of the wilder'd mind, / And leave the forms of modern life behind"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

Potent rulers of opinion may rule "the empire of the willing heart"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

Patriots of old saw "In the fair mirror of each mighty mind / Each other's worth and talent"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

"The Critic, too, with wit and taste refined, / Holds up the mirror that reflects the mind;"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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Date: 1814

"[T]he soul's image to the view is brought / In the calm mirror of unruffled thought"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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