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Date: 1807-8

"Oh! had [Heaven] stamp'd upon the human mind / The mild forbearance, and the love unfeign'd"

— Burges, Sir James Bland (1752-1824)

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Date: 1807-8

"So minds debas'd can torture gen'rous acts: / And thus, by terrors haunted, hunger-pinch'd, / Hag-ridden by the demon at their hearts, / Suspicious, tost from thought to thought, they watch'd / The lagging hours of night"

— Burges, Sir James Bland (1752-1824)

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Date: w. 1797-1807, published 1893

"perhaps this is the night / Of Prophecy & Luvah hath burst his way from Enitharmon / When Thought is closd in Caves. Then love shall shew its root in deepest Hell"

— Blake, William (1757-1827)

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Date: 1809, 1812

One may "leave the friends of youthful years, / And mould [his] heart anew, to take the stamp / Of foreign friendships, in a foreign land"

— Graham, James (1765-1811)

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Date: 1809, 1812

One may "mould [his] heart anew, to take the stamp / Of foreign friendships, in a foreign land"

— Graham, James (1765-1811)

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Date: 1810

"And yet, my heart, within thy silent cell / Dwells a fair image which is lovelier still."

— Hurdis, James (1763-1801)

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Date: 1810

"'All this experience tells the Soul, and yet / 'These moral men their pence and farthings set / 'Against the terrors of the countless Debt"

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1811

"The senses are the only inlets of knowledge, and there is an inward sense that had persuaded me of this."

— Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)

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Date: 1812

"On Captain Bligh her mind in balance hung-- / Though valiant, modest; and reserved, though young/ Against these merits must defects be set-- / Though poor, imprudent; and though proud, in debt"

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: November 10, 1813

"I by no means rank poetry or poets high in the scale of intellect. This may look like affectation, but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruptions prevents an earthquake."

— Byron, George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron (1788-1824)

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