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Date: 1756

"Oh, God of Sleep! arise, and spread / Thy healing vapours round my head; / To thy friendly mansions take, / My soul that burns, / Till he returns, / For whom alone I wish to wake."

— Bickerstaff, Isaac (b. 1733, d. after 1808)

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Date: 1759

"Oh! thou art ever faithful--on thy lips / Sits pensive silence, with her hallow'd finger / Guarding the pure recesses of thy mind."

— Murphy, Arthur (1727-1805)

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Date: 1775

One may carry with him "all the flimsy furniture of a country Miss's brain"

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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