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Date: August, 1674; 1675

"But thou who art not ignorant of my Rivals affairs, tell me, what passes in his Court, in his Soul!"

— Crowne, John (bap. 1641, d. 1712)

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Date: 1675

"Gods works don't teach [the manner of worship}, nor this Law of th'mind; / For if it would, Scriptures need not 'been pen'd,"

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1676

"The first time I saw you, you left me with the pangs of love upon me; and this day my soul has quite given up her liberty."

— Etherege, Sir George (1636-1691/2)

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Date: 1676

"All objects are ready form'd and plac'd / To our hands; and these the Senses to the Mind convey, / And as those represent them, this must judge: / How can the Will be free, when the Understanding, / On which the Will depends, cannot be so"

— Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692)

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Date: July 25, 1676; 1677

"Therefore keep back the heart you come to restore, mine from this hour shakes off your bonds, and that you may not again enslave it, this day I will put it under the protection of one who is at least as fair as you."

— Ravenscroft, Edward (c.1650- c.1700)

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Date: 1670, rev. 1678

"My mind to me a kingdom is."

— Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627-1705)

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Date: 1678, 2nd edition in 1743

"Now as we have no voluntary Imperium at all, upon the Systole and Diastole of the Heart, so are we not conscious to our selves of any Energy of our own Soul that causes them, and therefore we may reasonably conclude from hence also, that there is some Vital Energy, without Animal Fancy or Synaes...

— Cudworth, Ralph (1617-1688)

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Date: 1678, 2nd edition in 1743

"So that Cogitation is in Order of Nature, before Local Motion, and Incorporeal before Corporeal Substance, the Former having a Natural Imperium upon the Latter."

— Cudworth, Ralph (1617-1688)

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Date: 1679

"For the Black King that had usurp'd that Land, / An Ill shapt Bastard had, of proud command, / Whom having drest up in a much Gallantry, / He did appear so pleasant in her Eye, / That he before had her affections won, / And in her heart established his Throne."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

"'Tis he [Satan] that keeps the Soul in Iron Chains, / And robs her of all Sense; lest those great pains / She otherwise might feel, should make her cry / To be deliver'd from his slavery."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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