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Date: 1686

"Change did I say, that word I must forbear, / No, she bright Star wont wander from her sphere / Of Virtue (in which Female Souls do move) / Nor will she joyn with an insatiate love."

— Egerton [née Fyge; other married name Field], Sarah (1670-1723)

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Date: 1686

"And so dost think to fill the Abiss below / Quite full of Females, hoping there may be / No room for souls big with Vice as thee."

— Egerton [née Fyge; other married name Field], Sarah (1670-1723)

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Date: 1686

"By any other hand: She's all divine, / And by a splendid lustre doth outshine / All masculine souls, who only seem to be / Made up of pride and their lov'd luxury."

— Egerton [née Fyge; other married name Field], Sarah (1670-1723)

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Date: 1686

"Nor does its [sickness's] Malice in these bounds restrain, / But shakes the Throne of Sacred Wit, the Brain, / And with a ne're enough detested Force / Reason disturbs, and turns out of its Course."

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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Date: 1687

A woman may sway the Empire of one's soul

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1687

"[B]ut thanks be prais'd the Generosity of our Cavaliers has open'd their obdurate Hearts with a Golden key, that let's 'em in at all opportunities"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

"My Heart your Empire now disdains, / And Frown, or Smile, all's one to me."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

By chance some heart may "thy empire own"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1688

"When Friends advice with Lovers forces joyn, / They'll conquer Hearts more fortify'd than mine"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1688

"I must confess you're wondrous fair, / And know, to conquer such a Heart"

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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