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Date: 1667

"Good Conscience, as Davids Instrument, / Drives away th'evil Spirit of discontent."

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"For I no sooner in my heart divined, / My heart, which by a secret harmony / Still moves with thine, joined in connexion sweet, / That thou on earth hadst prospered, which thy looks / Now also evidence, but straight I felt, / Though distant from thee worlds between, yet felt, / That I must afte...

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"Then feed on thoughts, that voluntary move / Harmonious numbers; as the wakeful bird / Sings darkling, and in shadiest covert hid / Tunes her nocturnal note."

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1683

"Reason at last, by her all-conquering arts, / Reduced these savages, and tuned their hearts."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700) [Poem ascribed to]

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Date: 1684

"No Discord in thy Soul did rest, / Save what its Harmony increast."

— Oldham, John (1653-1683)

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Date: 1684

"Such a soft Air thy well-tun'd Sweetness sway'd, / As told thy Soul of Harmony was made;"

— Oldham, John (1653-1683)

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Date: 1691

"By Law and Inclination doubly joyn'd, / Both acted by one Sympathetick Mind. / Whom Wedlock's Silken Chains as softly tye, / As that which when asunder snapt, we dye, / Which makes the Soul and Body's wondrous harmony."

— Ames, Richard (bap. 1664?, d. 1692)

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Date: 1691

"Reason and Sense do from thy Concords fly, / For th' Human Soul it self's but Harmony."

— Heyrick, Thomas (bap. 1649. d. 1694)

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Date: 1697

"Thence thro' his Skull it passage did obtain, / And pierc'd the inmost Marrow of the Brain; / Where the melodious Strings of Sense are found / Up to a due and just extension wound; / All tun'd for Life, and fitted to receive / Th'harmonious strokes which outward Objects give."

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit, like the jangling Chimes, rings all in one, / Till Sense, the Artist, sets them into Tune."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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