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Date: 1773

"Nor blush, my fair, to own you copy these; / Your best, your sweetest empire is--to please."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

"Smooth like her verse her passions learned to move, / And her whole soul was harmony and love."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

"Virtue that breast without a conflict gained, / And easy, like a native monarch, reigned."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

"Now deep retired in Frome's enchanting vale, / She pours her tuneful sorrows on the gale; / Without one fond reserve the world disclaims, / And gives up all her soul to heavenly flames."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

"Such were the working thoughts which swelled the breast / Of generous BOSWEL."

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

Toil and danger "feed and ripen minds" (not "meats and drinks" or "balmy airs, and vernal suns and showers")

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1773

The mind may be "a never dying flame"

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1774

"To them see Genius her best gifts impart, / And Science raise a throne in every heart!"

— Scott, Mary [later Taylor] (1751/2-1793)

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Date: 1774

"From sense abstracted, some, with arduous flight, / Explore the realms of intellectual light."

— Scott, Mary [later Taylor] (1751/2-1793)

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Date: 1775

"Suspence not long my anxious bosom pain'd, / My friend arrived, I clasp'd her to my breast, / I wept, I smiled, alternate passions reign'd, / Till me the sad unwelcome tale confess'd."

— Miss H******* (fl. 1751-1775)

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