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Date: 1682

"Each step you take, hales me a step more near / To the cold Grave: (nor is't an idle Fear) / For know, my Soul to you is chained fast, / And if you make such cruel, fatal hast, / Must quit it's Seat, and be so far unkind, / To leave my fainting, breathless Trunk behind."

— Ephelia (fl. 1679-1682)

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Date: 1684

One may " Beget more Sighs then if with Arts / He should design to conquer Hearts"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

One may "conquer a Heart with a Look or a Smile"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

"[T]ake this Life, whose chiefest part / I gave you with the Conquest of my Heart"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

One may be born by Love's wing "from his Conquer'd broken Hearts, / To the next Fair and Yeilding She"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

"Since Harmony, like Fire to VVax, does fit / The softned Heart Impressions to admit."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1684

"In proper Cells her large capacious Brain / The images of all things does contain, / As bright almost as were th'Ideas laid, / In the last model e'er the World was made."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1686

"But the false Image she will ne're erace, / Though far unworthy still to hold its place: / So hard it is, even Wiser grown, to take / Th' Impression out, which Fancy once did make."

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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Date: 1686

"Or coldness, worse than Steel, the Loyal heart doth wound"

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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Date: 1686

A " Heav'n-born Mind" may have "no Dross to purge from [its] Rich Ore:"

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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