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Date: 1779

"His mind / Knowledge illumines, and bright Virtue loves."

— Cowley [née Parkhouse], Hannah (1743-1809)

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Date: 1779

"Darting like hidden sun-beams on my mind, / And make it drunk with bliss."

— Cowley [née Parkhouse], Hannah (1743-1809)

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Date: 1782

"Why drive him from my presence? he might now / Raise my sunk soul, and my benighted mind / Enlighten with religion's cheering ray."

— More, Hannah (1745-1833)

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Date: 1782

"Proceed, proceed, thrice venerable sage! / Enlighten my dark mind with this new ray, / This dawning of salvation!"

— More, Hannah (1745-1833)

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Date: 1799

God may diffuse his light into our hearts

— Plumptre, Anne (1760-1818); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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