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Date: 1677

"--Hah--Celinda--in my crowd of thoughts / I had forgot I sent"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1712

"Oh Repose! thou Stranger to the Breasts of Lovers, when wilt thou return to bless me?"

— Centlivre [née Freeman; other married name Carroll], Susanna (bap. 1669?, d. 1723)

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Date: 1724

"[T]he dear, the happy Secret safe lodg'd within my Soul, shou'd take no Air, nor let in the least room for a Conjecture"

— Haywood [née Fowler], Eliza (1693?-1756)

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Date: 1765

"By reason's standard, then, you judge amiss / Of those whose legislator is caprice."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: February 15, 1776

"The happiness of love, the felicities that flow from a suitable union, his heart shall be a stranger to"

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

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Date: 1778

"And if, O love, thy potent dart / Should reach the sleeping shepherd's heart, / O! be to him a gentler guest, / And pierce, with lighter shaft, his breast."

— Robinson [Née Darby], Mary [Perdita] (1758-1800)

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Date: 1779

"Such pensiveness oft follows, when the mind, / Surcharg'd with joy, hath yielded all her pow'rs / To the insidious guest."

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

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