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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"But plant ideas like a printing-press; / Or, graven copper-plate, again to roll / The pristine stamp of proud Employer's Soul."

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"But cloister'd, close, in such sequester'd shades, / Each strong impression, clear inscription, fades"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"Cloistered" ideas are "Like undrawn swords, in scabbards, cankering, lie,
While useless edge, and point, and polish, fly"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1814, 1816, 1896

"And may not humblest, meekest, Christian's Mind / Investigate the good of all Mankind? / Bring Truth and Justice to their Judgment's test, / And try, by Reason's balance what weighs best?"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1816

"This was love's doing: from my constant heart / The image stampt by him can ne'er depart"

— Burges, Sir James Bland (1752-1824)

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Date: 1816

"[I]n that Tale I find / The furrows of long thought, and dried-up tears, / Which, ebbing, leave a sterile track behind."

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

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Date: 1816

"But men's thoughts were the steps which paved thy throne, / Their admiration thy best weapon shone."

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

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Date: 1816

"Conquerors and Kings, / Founders of sects and systems, to whom add / Sophists, Bards, Statesmen, all unquiet things / Which stir too strongly the soul's secret springs, / And are themselves the fools to those they fool."

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

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Date: 1817

"When by my solitary hearth I sit, / And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom."

— Keats, John (1795-1821)

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Date: 1817

"But what is higher beyond thought than thee?"

— Keats, John (1795-1821)

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