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Date: 1735

"Reason at most, but imitates the Sun, / To each is various, and to All is one"

— Harte, Walter (1708/9-1774)

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Date: 1735

"Thro' the dark Void ev'n gleams of Truth can shoot, / And love of Liberty upheave at root."

— Harte, Walter (1708/9-1774)

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Date: 1735

"Sensation first, the groundwork of the whole, / Deals ray by ray each image to the soul."

— Harte, Walter (1708/9-1774)

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Date: 1735

"And, Reason rises, the Newtonian Sun, / Moves all, guides all, and all sustains in one."

— Harte, Walter (1708/9-1774)

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Date: 1737

"When the luxuriant Ardour of his Youth / Succeeding Years had tam'd to better Growth, / And seem'd to break the Body's Crust away, / To give th'expanded Mind more Room to play; / Which, in its Evening, open'd on the Sight / Surprizing Beams of full Meridian Light, / As thrifty of its Splendor it...

— Hughes, Jabez (1685-1731)

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Date: 1738, 1739

"For tho' right Reason should her Beams display, / And dart new Lustre on our clouded Way; / Unless Philosophy, with antient Strength, / Support her Empire to Life's utmost Length; / Unless, in Passion's Spite, we dare be free, / (What Few have been, and Few will ever be) / That pristine Turn, th...

— Bancks, John (1709-1751)

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Date: 1738, 1739

"Reason, like Virtue, comes but with her Shade."

— Bancks, John (1709-1751)

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Date: 1739

"Fill our whole Souls with heav'nly Light, / Melt with Seraphick Fire."

— Wesley, John and Charles

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Date: 1741

"I [the mind] did but step out, on some weighty affairs, / To visit last night, my good friends in the stars, / When, before I was got half as high as the moon, / You despatched Pain and Languor to hurry me down; / Vi & Armis they seized me, in midst of my flight, / And shut me in caverns as dark...

— Carter, Elizabeth (1717-1806)

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Date: 1742

"Warnings point out our danger; gnomons, time: / As these are useless when the sun is set; / So those, but when more glorious Reason shines. / Reason should judge in all; in Reason's eye, / That sedentary shadow travels hard."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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